New School Building for Corozal Methodist Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00

Belmopan, Thursday 8th  November 2012

The Government’s initiative to address the ever- growing educational needs of the country took another step forward today with the official inauguration of a two-storey, ferro-concrete school building, which was held this afternoon at the Methodist School in Corozal Town.

The Corozal Methodist School Expansion Project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports and financed by the Government of Belize through a $554,000 loan from the Caribbean Development Bank. The Corozal Methodist School contributed some $19,000 in the form of labour for the excavation of the septic tank and soak away and the provision of furniture for the classrooms.

The project included the construction of a two-storey reinforced concrete building. The ground floor building houses 3 classrooms (23’ 8” wide by 25’ 8” long) and a female sanitary block (13’ wide by 23’ 8” long). The second floor is comprised of 3 classrooms and a male sanitary block similar in size to those on the ground floor.  The project also included the construction of two stairways and one access ramp along with a verandah. The new building is equipped with solid, timber exterior doors and aluminum louvered windows and internal classroom partitions. Electricity, plumbing, water supply and waste water systems were also provided by the project.

The Corozal Methodist School is located in the heart of Corozal Town overlooking the scenic Corozal Bay. The school opened its doors in 1859 and since then has witnessed the graduation of hundreds of students; some of whom are now prominent community members. Over the past six years, the school has seen a steady increase in its enrollment; this is due to the high demand for the school’s sound education based on the principles of discipline and religion. The school’s current enrollment is 557 students, including pre-school children. The staff consists of 4 male and 15 female teachers. Prior to the new school building project, the school had 16 classrooms with an average of almost 33 students per classroom creating an overcrowded situation. Under such circumstances, the school was forced to create two standard five classrooms in an adjacent building belonging to the Methodist Mission. However, the condition of the building was not conducive to a healthy teaching/learning environment as the building was utilized as a teacher’s quarters, and later as a guest house. The new school building, therefore, has not only addressed the overcrowded situation and created a healthier environment for both students and teachers but it comes also on the heels of a forecasted increase in enrollment for the coming years due to the continuing high demand for education at the Corozal Methodist School.

The new school building was inaugurated by the Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth & Sports, who was also the guest speaker at the official ceremony.  Other speakers included the Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health and Area Representative for Corozal Bay, representatives of the Social Investment Fund and the Methodist School Management. The new school building was blessed by Rev. Roosevelt Papouloutte, President of the Methodist District Convention, Belize Honduras District.