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Government Provides Second Chance Opportunities for More Youths Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

On Monday, March 26, the Social Investment Fund signed agreements with eight local educational institutions as part of the Academic and Social Skills Training Program and the Vocational Training Program Phase I.  Thirty-eight youths will be identified and assisted financially to further their education in academic, social and vocational skills training. As part of the program, Daniel Cano, Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund, signed agreements with the Youth Enhancement Services, Young Women’s Christian Association, Living Hope Preparatory School, Belize Friends School, 4H Youth Development  Centre, the Orange Walk and Stann Creek ITVETS and the Cayo Centre for Employment Training (CET).

Under the Academic and Social Skills Training Program, 16 youths between the ages of 14 and 17 will receive financial assistance to complete second chance schools in the Belize District. They will also have an opportunity to sit the Primary School Examination and enroll in high school. Under the Vocational Training Program, 22 youths will pursue vocational training opportunities at institutions across the country to obtain the technical skills needed to secure gainful employment. The cost of tuition, school fees and transportation will be covered for all students under these programs.

The estimated cost of the project is $21,535.  $17,228 of that amount will be provided through the CDB’s Basic Needs Trust Fund 6 and the Government of Belize will provide $4,307 in counterpart funding.