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San Antonio Government School Inaugurates New Buidlings

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to mark the official inauguration of three brand new structures added to the San Antonio Government School compound in Corozal. This was made possible through a donation from the US Southern Command as part of the Beyond the Horizon 2020 initiative.  Reporter, Giovanna Moguel attended the event and shares the following story.

The faculty and students of San Antonio Government School in Corozal withstood the hot and humid weather today to receive three newly constructed school buildings. It’s a project that was largely spearheaded by US Southern Command. Susely Hill is the teaching principal at the school and she says that they are elated with the new buildings, which will significantly impact the lives of the students, particularly those with diverse abilities. 

Susely Hill, Principal, San Antonio Government School: “This is the first of a kind here in San Antonio Government School. This is the first building that we can call our own. We have been functioning for over the years and fistly at the community center and then in some wooden structures that belonged to an organization that were so kind to give it for us to use as school and now in partnership with the US Embassy and the Southern Command Humanitarian we got the funds to build this new structure. We have a hand wash room only for washing hands, our bathrooms don’t have hand washing basins but we have regular bathrooms and we have one that will host special needs children built especially for them with ramps and holders on the wall so that they can get up from the toilet.”

San Antonio Government School is a multi-grade institution that with a small population of sixty-five students from pre-school to standard six. The Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Louis Zabaneh, believes the new facilities will help the children develop in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

Dr.Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education: “Very much needed, very much needed and it’s timely as we are preparing to go face to face again when school opens so now the children in this community have a place to come to that they can call their own and that they can spend the day with all their activities. With three classrooms, we have a number of other related facilities, we have a water system, a kitchenette and another building right here that houses some of the activities of the kids. So it’s a value of $460,000 USD. We are thankful to them for that contribution to the community here in San Antonio.”

Dr. Zabaneh says the buildings were designed with safety protocols that were established by the Ministry due to the pandemic. Hill adds that the new kitchen opens the door for the students to learn how to prepare healthy meals.

Susely Hill, Principal, San Antonio Government School: “This year we’ll be having a feeding program and aside from that through NGOs we will have a gardening project this coming school year, cooking lessons and also sewing lessons for them to embark in not only academics.”

Today’s donation also includes furniture for the classrooms and eight backpacks filled with school supplies. The project resulted from a collaboration with a US NGO, Global Aid Consultants. Giovanna Moguel for Love News.