March 6, 2018
The Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project has provided a total of 53 desktop computers to four partner agencies in the Stann Creek and Cayo districts. The equipment will be used to bolster the agencies’ capacity to provide more effective literacy and numeracy training sessions to youths struggling with language arts and mathematics.
15 desktop computers were disbursed to Delille Academy in Dangriga; 20 to St. Ignatius High School in San Elena; 10 were installed at the Cornerstone Foundation Belize in San Ignacio; while the Department of Youth Services in Santa Elena received 8. All the computers will be loaded with the literacy and numeracy software package, “Academy of Reading and Math” for which licenses were purchased with the assistance of RESTORE Belize. In addition to the software, RESTORE Belize will also train the staff of the agencies in the use of the literacy program.
The computers and software at the two high schools will be used to strengthen the literacy and numeracy skills of an estimated 1,000 boys and girls over a three-year period. While the equipment at Cornerstone Foundation Belize and the Department of Youth Services will benefit approximately 120 students in the middle division of two primary schools and 150 out-of-school youth from San Ignacio and Santa Elena.
In addition to the desktops, the Youth RISE program also delivered 2 laptop computers, 2 projectors, and 2 printers each to Delille Academy and POWA in Dangriga and St. Ignatius High School and the Community Rehabilitation Department in San Ignacio/Santa Elena to strengthen the adaptive life skills initiatives for in and out-of-school youths. The total value of the computers and peripheral equipment is $140,000 Belize dollars.
About Youth RISE
The Youth RISE Project aims to expand social services for approximately 3,500 children, youth, and families facing socioeconomic challenges, including the low attainment of educational qualifications, and increasing crime and violence in the communities of Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena. The project is implemented by the Government of Belize via the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation and public sector and social partners with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Belize.