Maud Williams High School receives new school building Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

The students of Maud Williams High School received a fully furnished two-story classroom building, which can accommodate 180 students. The building will house rooms specifically catering to the technical education of students. Funded through the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program, the two-storey concrete structure is valued at over BZD $2,115,000.

The lower flat of the building has a technical drawing room, sewing room and administration offices while the upper floor has a computer and science lab, and a home economics room. The building also has 4 bathrooms.

Speaking at the opening, Keith Gilges, Chargé d’ Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Belize stated that the building is testament to the US’ continued and enduring support for the people of Belize. He added that the building is an investment that the U.S. is making together for the collective future of Belizeans.

Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber highlighted that the building sits in a neighborhood where there are many at risk young people and it will play a key roll at ensuring their access to a secondary education. He noted that the greatest gift one country can give to another has to do with education because it is a gift that keeps on giving; “It is a true sign of friendship,” he said. Hon. Faber said that the government was grateful for this and other contributions the U.S. has given to the country and is pleased that the contributions have been to government schools.

The namesake of the school, Maud Williams, who will be turning 90 this year, was also present at the event. The original school was opened in October of 2000 as St. Michael’s College and was renamed in 2009 after Maud Williams who has contributed in excess of 60 years to the education system in Belize.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2019 10:39