Belize education is an expense many families cannot afford. Even at the primary school level, parents must pay registration fees and purchase uniforms and school supplies . The average hourly wage is $2.50 if one is fortunate to have employment. Parents struggle to meet these education costs and are challenged daily to merely put food on their tables. Once students progress to post primary school, the cost dramatically rises to as much as $300US which does not include books, uniforms and transportation. Most commonly, students will drop out of school due to financial pressures especially when help at home or on the family plantation takes priority. The need for financial assistance is echoed by students and parents throughout Belize.
Many families live in poverty throughout Belize. It is not uncommon for students to attend school barefoot and hungry. So it is no surprise to learn that students are unable to provide for their own school supplies, text books, and mandatory school uniforms. Many parents cannot afford these educational expenses for their children. WeBEA's simple offering of a pencil, paper and a backpack, for example, has delighted and encouraged many students in need. Students literally will tear a book in half in order to share it with a sister or brother. WeBEA support offers the hope of a brighter and more promising tomorrow, encouraging students to thrive and succeed.
"EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD." Nelson Mandela
PROVIDING NUTRITION IS VITAL FOR PROMOTING HEALTHY MINDS AND BODIES.
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WeBEA transforms lives & strengthens communities through education.
POWERFUL TOOLS ENHANCE LEARNING AND ENCOURAGE A CHILD'S HIGHEST POTENTIAL.
We foster academic achievement, community involvement and civic responsibility,
in support of the students and educators of Belize.
WeBEA is a catalyst for student funding, educational outreach and professional development.
Working in harmony with the people of this diverse and colorful nation,
WeBEA honors cultural sensitivity and respect for sustainable growth.
WeBEA recognizes that children need good nutrition to learn and develop. Given the impoverished conditions in which many young students in Belize live, these children are challenged with the prospect of enduring their day at school hungry and unable to focus. Where feeding programs exist, the food provided may often be the only meal these children eat throughout the school week. By funding feeding programs, particularly for the primary schools in Toledo, the poorest district of Belize and home to the majority of indigenous Maya, WeBEA is striving to ensure that children are intellectually and physically fed.
is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."
Assistance is enthusiastically welcomed when it comes to enhancing the educational environment for Belize students and their teachers. The opportunities for outreach are many from establishing school gardens, offering workshops for teachers, classroom instruction, to assisting with school expansions and improvements.There are opportunities for exchanging ideas and experiences. Working together, an understanding and appreciation for the diverse cultural heritage and rich resources of Belize is nurtured . Through sharing expertise and knowledge, WeBEA outreach can contribute greatly to the harmony of a school and community.
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WORKING IN HARMONY WITH THE COMMUNITY OPENS DOORS FOR LASTING CHANGE.
Living without basic modern day conveniences, such as electricity or indoor plumbing, is not uncommon in many parts of Belize. For Belize citizens an average day's pay is $15-$20, if they are fortunate to find employment. Student registration fees ranging from $15-$200 per year are mandatory. And if a parent does happen to have a job, they most likely will not qualify for any educational government subsidies. More often than not, students cannot continue their education and must drop out after the primary level due to financial struggles. It is the mission of WeBEA to provide funding to students who wish to remain in school and receive the education they so desperately desire.