BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 30, 2020– On Tuesday, July 28, Mayor Bernard Wagner and Deputy Mayor Michael Norales, along with members of the City Council and standard bearers Allan Pollard, Jr. (Queen’s Square), Oscar Arnold (Collet) and Paul Thompson (Albert), contributed 24 high-performance RCA Voyager Pro touchscreen tablets with keyboards, along with face masks and cleaning and disinfecting products such as mops, buckets, gloves, Clorox and more to various educational institutions across Belize City.
Recipients included Calvary Temple School, Queen’s Square Anglican School, YMCA and James Garbutt SDA Primary School.
According to Mayor Wagner, the main purpose of these contributions is to assist Belize City schools in adapting to the new norms in a post-COVID-19 learning environment. The donation is especially timely, since schools are scheduled to reopen on August 10, 2020.
The Mayor and his council hope that this assistance will play a role in ensuring that the children in the city receive the education they need to excel, despite the circumstances caused by the pandemic.
The new learning environment, in addition to requiring a great degree of focus on cleanliness, places additional emphasis on distance learning.
Bernadine Conorquie, principal of Queen’s Square Anglican School, described Mayor Wagner as being very generous, as he made the donation to his alma mater. She also said, “We plan to use the tablets as part of our online distance program. The tablets will come in handy as the students can use it to do math and gain more knowledge about the different subjects that the teachers will be focusing on.”