It goes without saying that a proper environment is conducive to good learning, especially for children. Part of achieving this is ensuring that children have a proper and well equipped school building and school administrators have strived to secure it. Today there is one more success story to tell as children in Douglas Village are now attending classes in a new building. Dalila Ical has the story.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
This is the new building for Our Lady of Fatima RC School. The new building encompasses five classrooms that will serve ninety children of Douglas Village. This morning, parents, teachers and several other invited guests gathered to officially inaugurate it.
The project was completed with funds from Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust and Perenco which gave a hundred thousand dollars respectively to the project.
Alberto August – Chairman, Board of Trustees
“The second phase of the construction here at the Lady of Fatima encompasses the construction of five classrooms 4000 new spaces 25ft. by 80ft., the ground breaking was held in March 3rd of this year and then the construction got almost immediately because while you were having the ceremony the man started to dig immediately so we knew that the school and the people were ready for their building.”
The funds received for the much needed building was below the actual estimated cost which stood at $365,000. Notwithstanding that, the project was embraced by the entire village. Recognizing the need, workers and even the contractor labored for well below the adequate wages. School Principal and the man at the forefront of the project, Gilgardo Arcurio, says it was not easy but they were determined.
Gilgardo Arcurio - School Principal
“This was not an easy undertaking; however, I need to recognize the people who are behind me; the building committee, the PTA, the quality child friendly committee, they were always supportive, at times I felt that it was enough but they gave me the energy to continue on this journey it was not an easy one. To all our workers and community members, thank you for embracing and giving your full support for this project.”
Gaspar Vega – OW North Area Representative
“We can use this project as a model for the rest of our country not the beautiful building or I should say not only the beautiful building but as important the united front that we had in ensuring that today we can stand it here.”
The construction began about seven months ago and the dream turned reality is something that will take this school a long way, says Arcurio.
Gilgardo Arcurio – School Principal
“I believe it will help greatly because where we were the old building it was very unsafe, the space and the looks was dilapidated and I think it was not conduced to adequate learning but here in this one is more spacious and everything about it is good and the learning environment and so I believe that of course it should be more important to education and even the teacher will be motivated because of the learning environment and that will boost education here in Douglas.”
The school administration says they have their sights now on an auditorium for the school.
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