Youth RISE Provides Partner Agencies with Computers for Literacy and Life Skills Training Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00

Belmopan. March 6th, 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 strengthen the competence of the agencies as it pertains to providing more effective literacy and numeracy training sessions to youths.

Delille Academy in Dangriga has received 15 desktops; St. Ignatius High School in San Elena received 20, Cornerstone Foundation Belize in San Ignacio received 10, 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. RESTORE Belize will also train the staff of the agencies in the use of the literacy program.

In addition to the desktops, the Youth RISE program also delivered 2 laptops, 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. The total value of the computers and peripheral equipment is $140,000 Belize dollars.

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.