Belmopan – Faculty and students at the San Antonio Government School in Corozal are the recipients of three brand new school buildings gifted by the American people. A ceremony was held today to mark the official inauguration of the buildings – a three-classroom structure, a bathroom, and a kitchen, funded through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program, valued at U.S. $460,000.
“The United States’ decades-long commitment to the people of Belize is ironclad,” affirmed U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones. “We fully understand the importance of fostering a positive learning environment where children can learn, play, and grow. It is just one way the U.S. government has shown interest in creating better futures for young Belizeans who will grow to become the future leaders of the Jewel.”
This is the second of two school donations that originated under the Beyond the Horizon 2020 initiative. In March 2022, the United States gifted three new classrooms to the San Pedro Government School. Today’s donation also includes 80 backpacks filled with school supplies for every student at the San Antonio Government School, and the classrooms come fully furnished through a collaboration with Global Aid Consultants, a U.S. non-governmental organization.
Hon. Dr. Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology expressed his appreciation to the government and people of the United States for embarking on the project and highlighted the steadfast commitment of the United States to Belize. Dr. Zabaneh noted that the project will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the children and the development of the community of San Antonio.
The United States is dedicated to empowering young Belizeans through infrastructure development, youth leadership exchanges, financial literacy programs, educational opportunities, and teacher training initiatives.