BNTF grant helps to provide access to education for over 200 students in Toledo District, Belize

Students of the Corazon Creek Technical High School

Over 200 students from 11 remote villages in the Toledo District of Belize now have access to Vocational Education thanks to the extension of the Corazon Creek Technical High School. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through its Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), provided a grant of USD240,000 and the government of Belize provided USD60,000 to construct the USD300,000 extension.

The project, which fell under the sixth cycle of the BNTF, was implemented by the Belize Social Investment Fund as part of its mandate to work in line with the Government’s strategy to address the basic needs of Belizeans, in particular in the area of education.  

Since the school opened its doors three years ago, Corazon has established a successful agriculture program that can serve as a model for other schools across the country. In recognizing the critical importance of education the community provided and delivered bush sticks for construction as part of their contribution to the school’s extension project.

The new structure, which provides a comfortable teaching and learning environment, also includes bathroom facilities for both students and teachers, solar panels to provide electricity and space for storage.