New Building for Buena Vista Government School Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 November 2011 00:00

Official ground breaking ceremonyOn Monday, October 31st, the Ministry of Education and the Social Investment Fund joined Hon. Rene Montero, Area Representative for Cayo Central, to launch a project for the construction of a new school building at Buena Vista Government School. 

The project will be implemented by the Social Investment Fund made possible in large part to a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank under its Basic Needs Trust Fund 6 for $410,221.The Government of Belize will contribute approximately $97,255 and residents of BuenaVista Villagewill provide $5,300 worth of furniture for the school. The total estimated cost of the project is $512,776.

It entails the construction of a 3,300 square feet four-classroom single-storey Ferro-concrete facility. The structure will be of reinforced concrete foundation, columns and floor and roof slabs. Storm guard aluminum windows and wooden doors will be installed. It will include a sanitary block with male and female bathrooms for both students and teachers. Electrical and plumbing installation will be provided including proper septic tank and soak away for the sanitary block. Ramps and stairs will be included for access to the facility. The new building will replace a deteriorating two storey wooden building used for classrooms and a Principal’s office.

Buena Vista Primary School presently has a student population of 168 students and 6 teachers.  

The students are housed in two buildings. One is a single-storey three-classroom concrete facility constructed in 2002 and the other is the two-storey wooden two classroom facility that houses four classes and the Principal’s office. Recently the Lifeline Foundation financed the renovation and furnishing of classrooms, construction of new toilet facilities for boys and girls and the installation of a vat at the school. To improve efficiency and education quality, the Ministry of Education has recently amalgamated San Marcos R.C Primary School and Selena Primary School to Buena Vista Government School. This has placed greater pressure on the school’s infrastructure and thus the need for new classrooms.

The Keynote Address at the launching of the project was delivered by Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives and Area Representative for Cayo Central. Buena Vista is home to a little over 500 residents. The school itself has a great success story. In last year’s Primary School Examinations the school recorded 100% passes. Their average in Mathematics was 20% above that of the country.