Educating youngsters is a huge part of Belize, and anyone living in San Pedro Town knows the importance of the role that children play in the community.
Just recently, the San Pedro Lions helped to renovate the bathrooms at the Roman Catholic Elementary School. Â Now, the United Nations ChildrenÂs Fund (UNICEF) has helped provide three schools in some of BelizeÂs most rural areas with refurbished bathrooms.
Belize Rural South has welcomed the addition of newly renovated bathroom facilities. Â Pupils attending Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School, New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) and San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRC) will love the newly finished bathrooms. Â The project to improve services at the schools was part of the Quality Child Friendly School initiative that is currently being led by BelizeÂs primary education system. Â Officials from UNICEF, along with those from the Ministry of Education, toured the facilities on November 27th and November 28th. Â In addition, small inauguration ceremonies were held to commemorate the occasion.
UNICEFÂs representative in Belize, Ian Yerovi, spoke at the opening of the SPRCÂs bathroom facility, stressing that it was vital for children to have access to clean and working bathrooms. Â Mr. Yerovi said the idea of providing new facilities had come after an initiative had been run last year to promote the importance of washing hands. Â He added that the Quality Child Friendly School scheme should be continued to ensure that all pupils in Belize had access to hygienic and functioning bathrooms.
Meanwhile, San PedroÂs Mayor, Daniel Guerrero, said that the town council had been working with the islandÂs many schools to ensure that the needs of educational institutions can be met. Â Mayor Guerrero took the opportunity to add that civic pride was a priority so that the community could work together to ensure that schools and other public buildings were cared for. Â Since the Quality Child Friendly School scheme begun in 2012, Major Guerrero said that the quality of local schools has been gradually improving, providing youngsters with better learning facilities and services than ever before.
After the small ceremony at SPRC, the tour moved onto the SDA school so that another inaugural ceremony could be held to welcome in another new bathroom facility. Â It is hoped that the new bathrooms will provide a place for children to feel safe and secure, whilst promoting hygiene and clean living.