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Taiwan donates $30,000 to youth center in Albert Division

Many students struggle with having access to resources that are necessary to aid them in their schoolwork. Soon, however, the students in the Albert Division in Belize City will be provided with a care Center, where they will be able to get the help they need. This division has 7 schools, but even students that live within the division and attend school elsewhere will have access to the center. The Albert CARE Center will be located on the second floor of the offices of the Albert Action Committee, at #56 Regent Street. Today, Love News found out more from Area Representative, Tracy Taegar-Panton.

Tracey Taegar-Panton – Area Representative for Albert Division: “They will be able to get tutoring services for children who will be needing special one on one support with a particular subject and we have talked to some of our retired teachers in the constituency to help us with that program. We hope to do mentorship, certainly any kind of social support service that  a child may need. Here at the center there will be access to the internet so if a student or a class may need help with doing some research. You know we have a very active youth arm in the constituency so it will be a space where they can meet, share ideas. We intend to do from time to time skills, life training, skills training for our young people in the division. Most of the work that we do in this constituency is supported by the business community and we have had commitments from our friends in the business community to continue to help us to support the vision of the Albert Action Committee. There will also be an opportunity for fundraising that we hope to organize so that we can cover the overheads in terms of electricity,  water, some of the basic cost that we will have and also to develop the programs that will help to serve our young people.”

To help with the development of this center, the Government of the Republic of China, better known as Taiwan, via the office of the Ambassador, H.E. Remus Chen, have provided a $30,000 grant, which was handed over to the Area Representative, Tracy Taegar-Panton, in a ceremony earlier today. Ambassador Chen told us about the importance of this funding this project, since it directly affects education, which is the foundation of any developing country.

H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen – Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize: “When it comes to education, when it comes to community oriented based projects that can help the young generation, the young students, they are actually the future of your great country of course for their merits, nature and also the benefits that it is going to bring to people here today. We see so many young students, I am very touched because before I actually joined the Foreign Service I was an educator,  a teacher and I found it so meaningful, so very helpful that when it comes to the issue that you can help a long term good and the investment to the young kids it is really actually helpful. Across the boundaries of countries and culture because the minute that it comes to the understanding of this great country of yours, the great Belizean people, you do have a bright future. I do know that Albert is actually an area that should be given more opportunity and so that is why I think in the very beginning I put in my open remarks that it is simply a decision that we can make because we actually want to have this relationship to be further strengthened and further upgraded.”

In the spirit of giving, the Government of Taiwan is sponsoring a 2K and 5K track race, called the Fun Run, to commemorate 30 years of diplomatic ties and strong friendship with Belize. The race will be held at 6 a.m. on June 1st at the Memorial Park. Registration will begin from 5:30 a.m.