The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) opened two classrooms at the National 4H Development Center in Belmopan and a computer center in Ontario Village, Cayo District. Correspondent Ken Francisco has the story.
We are reminded that we cannot hope to build a better society without improving individuals to that end we have a shared responsibility to assist those whom we can be of use, this is the premise of a ceremony being held at the 4H Center in Belmopan to acknowledge the contribution of both Help for Progress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR. Love News spoke to Mr.Carlos Moreno, Operations Manager Help for Progress for details.
Carlos Moreno, Operations Manager: “Seeking the advancement in education for young asylum seekers from Central America fourteen years to sixteen year old here at the 4H Center we have supported them with two classroom buildings and a covered structure that includes a farm plan for them to be able to produce what they consume here and hopefully sell some to the market to get some income for the continuation of the program at the 4H which is very important for the youth here in Belize. We believe that with this assistance we will be able to cover the needs of the young Central American asylum seekers that come and Belizean students who are enrolled here. As of today I understand there are 50 students that are registered and the plan is to increase the amount in the coming education year so we are thankful and happy that we were able to support and will continue seeing the needs and trying to assist as much as possible.”
Reporter: Love News also spoke with Ms.Johnelle McKenzie, Public Information Assistant UNHCR for the details.
Johnelle McKenzie, Public Information Assistant, UNHCR: “Realizing the importance of education the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in collaboration with the NGO Help for Progress invested in the improvement of several educational institutions including the National 4H Youth Development Center. Today we had the opening of two classrooms which will provide for greater accessibility of more persons to more spaces of quality education. UNHCR has been championing the protection of asylum seekers and refugees who are seeking a safe haven in Belize; these refugees originate from the northern part of Central America where violence has forced them to flee their homes in search of safety. Some of them are youths who have found a place here at this institution to better themselves and by doing so to make a positive contribution to our society.”