While a majority of primary school students are out enjoying their summer vacation, several kids from Orange Walk Town are already occupying their time preparing for the new school year. Since its introduction to Belize twelve years ago, Rise Up Belize has become a hallmark for many Belizean kids during their summer breaks. The group is known for providing quality education programs that are interactive and exciting for the children and this year, it is no exception. This summer, Rise Up Belize has partnered with the La Inmaculada RC School, Father Oliver Smalls, Local Manager of the School and Joey Garcia, Director of Rise Up Belize told us more about the program…
PASTOR OLIVER SMALLS – Local Manager, La Inmaculada RC
“I am happy that Rise Up Belize is here with us this week to help our children not only in the academics but also in the spiritual realm also and I think that the parents have expressed wonderful feelings about their children progress and learning and I am so happy that they young ladies are volunteering their time to come to learn with us and to also share their gifted talents with us also.”
JoCarol GARCIA – Director, Rise Up Belize
“I been running with Rise Up Belize for twelve years here in Belize and actually what we do is spending six months training teenagers in classroom management curriculum development fund raising and we bring them to Belize and they put a week long summer school program for the children of Belize. I was born her in Belize City and it is my choice to give back and I want my children of Belize to have the best of everything so we’ve been offering our free summer camps for children and give them an opportunity to grow and to learn in the world we are doing a very unique summer camp, it is academic but it is fun so they pretend they have a little passport to go to different country, they learn a little words in French and Portuguese from Brazil and they have a great opportunity and experience to play in the world.”
Rise Up Belize was established in 2004 and has since offered professional development programs for roughly two hundred teachers. In 2006, the organization extended an invitation to primary schools in Sand Hill and Caye Caulker and has assisted over a hundred students.
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