Over 100 children of San Roman, Santa Cruz, Riversdale, Santa Rosa and Maya King villages in the Stann Creek district will benefit from the United Community Government Preschool’s new building, which the Minister of Education and Youth Hon. Patrick Faber officially inaugurated in San Roman Village last Thursday morning, October 20.
The Social Investment Fund implemented the project, which the Government of Belize financed through the Commonwealth Debt Initiative (CDI) at a total cost of $104,000.
A one-classroom ferro-concrete building with zinc roof was built of reinforced concrete with reinforced masonry block walls and a tiled floor covering a total area of 1,020 sq ft including a male and female bathroom, kitchenette and the verandah. Solid wood panelled doors and aluminum louvred windows complete with operators and screens were installed.
San Roman is a farming community about 24 miles from Dangriga Town, and was established in 1981 by Mopan Mayas migrating from the Toledo District. Most of the villagers rely on subsistence farming or work in citrus, shrimps and banana farms in the area.
Before the preschool was built, there were about 120 children aged 3-4 years old who had no option to obtain an early education, which studies have shown is key to improved performance in subsequent schooling.
Other speakers at the inauguration included Minister of Transportation, Communications and NEMO Hon. Melvin Hulse, who is also the Stann Creek West Area Representative, as well as S.I.F. representatives and the United Community Preschool management. The Reporter