Screen_shot_2011-05-20_at_7.53.12_PMFor standard six students the primary school experience will soon be over and they will be moving on to a different school with new friends and more academic responsibilities. Although that is the plan for most primary school students, for some it is not as easy as that because finances just wont permit the furthering of education. But that wont be the concern of two students of Trial Farm Government School, who today were granted scholarships to secondary school. Our news team was there for the handing over.

Carmelita Perez- Reporting

Eva Opuobori and Debbie Urbina are two standard six students chosen to receive scholarships to further their secondary education.

The scholarships were made available through a program initiated by the Trial Farm Government School to make secondary education a reality to their most needy and exceptional students.

Nazira Romero- Trial Farm Government School

“Last year we had an idea of helping out students from Trial farm School to go to high school because many parents cannot afford to send their children to high school. Last year we started with our first donation, it is a onetime grant and the teachers donate the money and this year we had enough money to help two students to go to high school.”

For both students, further education would have been unattainable, since their families would not have been able to afford tuition in these difficult economic times.

Nazira Romero- Trial Farm Government School

“We formed an Education Committee all the level leaders belong to the committee the administrators and the standard six teachers. There is a form that the child fills out and writes a letter of application explaining why he or she deserve the scholarship it is hard decision to make. This year we had twelve applicants and many of them would qualify if we had the money but we had to narrow it down to two.”

Both students have exceptional grades and have plans to become English teachers.

Nazira Romero- Trial Farm Government School

“Well Eva is somebody that is very quiet, the two of them are quiet and dedicated students and even though they struggle with the family they come to school regularly, they try their best to do their projects and to come to school and to be an example and that is why we chose them.”

Eva Opuobori - Scholarship Recipient

“I feel happy and excited.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Did you think for a moment that you wouldn’t be able to make it to high school?”

Eva Opuobori - Scholarship Recipient

“For a moment yes, but after a while I knew that I could.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“What keeps you motivated and how are your grades?”

Eva Opuobori - Scholarship Recipient

“My grades are good and I really want to go to high school. My motivation is my parents they are happy that I am going to high school and my friends also. I plan to study and become an English teacher I get the highest grades in English. I thank everyone that helped me especially the principal and the teachers, the entire school.”

Debbie Urbina- Scholarship Recipient

“I feel really happy.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Were you worried that your parents would not be able to send you to high school?”

Debbie Urbina- Scholarship Recipient

“I was because my father could not afford to send me. I plan to go to Technical High School and I want to be an English Teacher because it is my favourite subject.”

Both students will be attending Orange Walk Technical High School. In the future, the school plans to expand their scholarship programme so that more students can have the same opportunity.

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