Ministry of Education receives 80K for Scholarship Fund Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 July 2011 00:00

Hon. Patrick Faber receives cheque.The Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, at a ceremony on Tuesday night, received a cheque in the sum of eighty thousand dollars on behalf of students of Belize.

The money is a donation from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Peacework. PricewaterhouseCoopers is a global accounting and business development corporation operating in 150 countries around the world. Project Belize is sponsored by the PwC Foundation Office of Corporate responsibility in Chicago. The Foundation is responsible for over 3,000 community projects worldwide. Project Belize enhances the company’s corporate responsibility efforts in the overall field of youth and leadership on a global scale. Peacework is an international non- profit organization that creates and manages global partnerships in international development involving colleges, universities, corporations, and other groups of individuals with local partners in over 20 countries. Peacework’s responsibility is to ensure that the mandates of a resource institution and the goals of the community  are fulfilled in a way that respects the mutually valuable resources and insights of all participants. In 2008 Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Peacework began offering scholarships to Belizean students to attend Highschool. Since then over 80 students have been the beneficiaries of both Scholarships and Grants; these grants range anywhere from BZ $500.00 to BZ $1000.00. The students are selected from primary schools in Belize City.

The criteria for selection are either based on the need of the students or on their academic performance. The recommendations are made by the Principals of the selected High Schools across Belize City.In June 2009, the Youth Leadership Council was formed with 21 students who received scholarships from PwC/Peacework. Their objective is to foster community service in the minds of young Belizeans. The motto of YLC is “Be the change you want to see in Belize!” Projects undertaken by YLC are: returning to tutor and mentor students of their former primary schools, developing a sense of civic pride through clean-up campaigns across the city, attending training sessions to develop competencies in leadership, literacy, and volunteerism. The Youth Leadership Council presently boasts a 40 student membership and hopes to expand significantly as time goes by. At the scholarship award ceremony held on Tuesday Hon. Faber reiterated the importance of an education in order to eradicate poverty and crime. He also mentioned that “it has to be that our main goal is to educate our young Belizeans so that we can indeed have a fruitful future in this country and that is the main focus of the Ministry of Education and Youth”.  Eileen Cleirig is the Corporate Responsibility Manager of PwC and she is in Belize to present the donation to Hon. Faber. She challenged the recipients to “really reach out and take this opportunity for everything it is. Study hard, continue to excel academically, make us proud, make Belize proud and we are behind you 100 percent”. The 80 thousand dollar donation is for the 2011-2012 schoolyear.