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Adopt a School Ocean Academy, Belize
Rotary Club of Jasper
Avenue of Service: International Service Area of Focus: Basic Education and Literacy
Country: Belize City/Region: Caye Caulker
Project Description
Opened in 2008 as the first high school on Caye Caulker, Ocean Academy has been successful in its mission to educate island children who were being excluded from furthering their studies beyond primary school. We have had two graduating classes, students have been recognized for six national awards, and our high school attendance rate (% of students in high school) now doubles the national average. We have achieved these results with little financial support from the government. The Ocean Academy Interact Club was established in 2010, with the support of the Rotary Club of Belize City. The present school sits on a 50 ft by 100 ft lot. Despite putting in regular sand fill, the land sinks and flood waters encroach on our building in rainy season. The “feeder” road that leads to the property floods and students and teachers have to walk through the swampy water or balance on blocks to reach the school. Beginning in 2015, the Standard VI class will have 55 students compared to 29 this year. Even with a third floor expansion (which we halted waiting for news from the government regarding the Odyssey), we will run out of classroom space with nowhere to go. We lack a science lab, sporting grounds, kitchen, library, store room and assembly room. Above, holding an assembly on our school steps, our seniors are cramped in a 10 x 10 classroom, and our students cannot access boxes of donated books that will not fit in our cramped library space!
Project Partners and Funding
Total Project Budget: $62,500.91
Partner Type Amount
Rotary Club of Jasper Rotary Club $5,250.00
Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora Rotary Club $5,250.00
Canada Government $20,000.00
Total Funding: $30,500
Project Results
Awaiting approval by TRF for a Global Grant, with financial support from Government of Canada through MOU with TRFC. Other project partners include: RC Edmonton Glenora, RC Belize City (District 4250) and Ocean Academy.
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