Education is the top priority for children attending the San Pedro Roman Catholic School. Unfortunately, a lack of funding and urgent demands often interfere with this education.
A new school committee is addressing these concerns head-on. Chairperson Jorge Santos recently told The San Pedro Sun some of the priorities of this new committee.
“We don’t want to ask the kids or the teachers to raise money,” said Santos. “We want them to focus on education, not the bills that need to be paid.”
Something that is undeniable is that the cost of running a school is very expensive and with the financial strain that the Government of Belize faces it can barely provide enough money for teacher salaries. “The Government does not even provide enough money to provide supplies for the bathroom,” according to Santos. Registration fees charged at the beginning of each school year, help cover some of the expenses. However, they do not cover all of the utility costs, the expense for repairing windows or even money for books and paper. Children and their parents are often asked to provide supplies for the school and Santos says this interferes with their education. In an effort to alleviate the strain on both parents and teachers the Committee is reaching out to the community to help raise money for the school.
The Committee is comprised of Chairperson – Jorge Santos, Vice Chairperson – Alex Nuñez, Secretary – Emidio Acosta, Treasurer – Rosa Guerrero, Members – Principal Roxani Kay, Mayor Elsa Paz, Father Jim Blount, Father Paul Grala, and Mrs. Rosa Rancharan. The Committee has written a letter to members of the business community asking for financial assistance. Plans are underway to have a food stand in Central Park with all the proceeds made going to the school.
The Committee’s first priority is to purchase a copy machine, which will be used to provide students with copies of documents needed to study, especially when there lack of books.
Anyone willing to help the San Pedro Roman Catholic School may contact Principal Roaxani at 226-2550.