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Jun 25, 2019

Parents Start Registering Your Children for the 2019 Growing the Future Project

The fifteenth annual Growing the Future Project takes place next month from July first to the nineteenth in four locations across the country; namely, Belize City, Belmopan, San Ignacio and Dangriga. Over five thousand primary children have successfully completed the summer programme that helps them to transition to the next year of classes in areas of Mathematics and English. Earlier today, Director Peter Lacey Junior dropped by News Five’s studio on Coney Drive to invite parents to register their children in time for the programme which starts next Monday.

Peter Lacey Jr.

Peter Lacey Jr., Director, Growing the Future Project

“We’ve cut it down to four programmes: in Belize City at ITVET, Belmopan is at the United Evergreen Primary School; in San Ignacio at Saint Andrew’s Anglican—you know Saint Andrews performs very well in the P.S.E.—and Holy Ghost Primary School in the Culture Capital, Dangriga.  Our programme prepares the child and focuses on their weaknesses in the fundamental areas of English and Math, depending on what class they are being promoted to.  So we serve from preschool going into infant one, all the way up to standard five going into standard six. So for the early childhood education for us, we focus from infant one all the way up to standard two. So that will focus on phonics, penmanship and Math. And then when they jump to standard three to six, we start focusing on BJAT preparation and P.S.E. preparation but in English and Math.  We are not about padding stats; our programme, what we set to accomplish, is to make sure that the child focuses on their weaknesses coming into the programme. We do pre-test and see what their weaknesses are and we make sure in that three week span that they brush up on those skills so when they go into the upcoming school year, the programme serves as a jumpstart and that is what gives them that bush and that is what leads them on to that success throughout the school year. So what we focus on is to look at how, is to track their progress at first term cause we feel that the child’s success from second and third [term] is on them and on the parents and their commitment. But we feel that because we are a jumpstart programme, we want to see how they perform in that first term.”


Registration begins on Wednesday at Holy Ghost RC from nine a.m. to five p.m. in Dangriga. In San Ignacio and Belmopan at Saint Andrews Anglican School and United Evergreen Primary School, registration is on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, parents can registration their children at ITVET in Belize City also from nine a.m. to five p.m.  Registration is fifteen dollars per child; infant one to standard four students pay sixty-five dollars for the programme, while standard five and six students pay seventy-five dollars.

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