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Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019

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Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019
Danny Michel Ocean Academy, Belize, 2018-2019

Summary

Ocean Academy, Caye Caulker's first high school, opened in 2008 and provides academic and job skills programs that enable children to break free from systemic poverty. Canadian singer/songwriter Danny Michel and his fans support students who are the first in their families to attend high school which is not free. Building on the momentum of $75,000 raised to date, Danny is close to his $100,000 goal. Danny makes regular site visits to Belize for transparency and to reconnect with the community.

$25,000
total goal
$19,198
remaining
34
donors
0
monthly donors
4
months

Challenge

In Belize, education is expensive due to school fees, books, and uniforms; almost half of Belizean youth are forced out of the educational system and are often left with marginal literacy and numeracy skills. Only 50% of young people nationwide attend high school.They struggle to find low paying jobs. Families who try to break this generational cycle face academic challenges. Large class sizes and limited ability to receive help at home often mean failing the primary school exit exam.

Solution

Ocean Academy subsidizes education for all students through fundraising and social enterprise. Students learn valuable job skills in entrepreneurship classes and earn tuition through student-led ventures such as kayak and bike excursions, school cafe, or selling art. Small classes, personal education plans and individualized attention build core skills and empower students to believe in their future. School counsellors, mentor teams and the free after-school tutoring centre provide support.

Long-Term Impact

For the first time, a full generation of villagers will be educated beyond primary school. They will lead their developing country out of crime and become stewards of Belize's fragile ecosystems. Our SEaTIDE approach promotes Social Enterprise, Technology, Innovation, Development and Education. OA students have won four national innovation competitions with proposals to reduce youth unemployment, create more engaging educational programs and problem-solve via technology.

Resources

http:/​/​www.cayecaulkerschool.com
Danny Michel

Organization Information

Caye Caulker Ocean Academy

Location: Caye Caulker, Belize - Belize
Website:
Project Leader:
Joni Miller
Caye Caulker, Belize
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through the 2018 Year-End Campaign. Terms and conditions apply.

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