Schools Around Belize Still In Need of Post-Lisa Repairs
Many schools in the Belize District continue to reel from the effects of Hurricane Lisa. Many schools sustained significant infrastructural damage and are still trying to undergo repairs. President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union of Belize, Senator Elena Smith, explains that while the government has been able to assist some schools, they will be conducting follow-ups to evaluate the progress that has been made in this regard.
Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “Well I know that for example Belize Rural Primary they are still not over back at the school. The last I saw when I passed there was that the roof was taken off, it was rolled up initially and it has been taken off and so it seemed that there has been a move however there has been no fixing of that building as yet so they’re still over on the other side in the center which based on what we saw when we went there initially did not seem to be conducive for learning. So I would have to take another visit and see what is going on but our initial visit the space wasn’t good, the building itself wasn’t a good one to have children in. The rural primary school would have to come from them. They are the managers of that school it’s not a church managed school so it would have to come from the government. I don’t know again they were seeking sponsorships, people to work with them to be able to do the repairs I guess they’ve not gotten that as yet but we have to do some follow up in terms of how the area has been affecting those teachers because it’s a very small space.”