Encouraging More Girls' Athletics at Ocean Academy
By Penny Williams | Project Leader
Tug of War during House Competition Day
Dear Friends and Supporters of Ocean Academy,
Thank you for making a world of difference for our little rural school in Belize to continue educating the teens of Caye Caulker!
As we come to the half way mark of the 2023-2024 school year, we celebrate our female athletes.
THANK YOU for EMPOWERING girls and INSPIRING hope for our island as we continue to recover from the lingering effects of the pandemic.
Thank you for BELIEVING in the POWER of Education. Because of YOU:
39 students were funded to stay in school.
16 recurring donations came in every month to inspire continued hope.
More kind-hearted supporters learned about OA when you spread the word.
Students expanded their skills and passion for reading with books they chose and you donated and carried down.
Students focused on learning and parents put food on the table instead of worrying about school fees.
Faculty and staff immersed themselves into new ways of teaching instead of worrying about school finances.
Students grew exponentially as they adapted to the demands of life and learning.
As we celebrate the accomplishments of this school year, we prepare for another year of commitment to universal education so that every child on Caye Caulker has access to a high school education. YOU are making this vision a reality.YOU are changing lives.Thank you.
Hello Everyone!! A quick report on what Ocean Academy girls have been up to. OA Ladies are starting the 2023-2024 school year off with a bang! These accomplishments are only possible with YOUR help.
In honor of International Day of the Girl, Diany was been designated UNICEF Representative for Belize.
Klerysa and Merary were selected to serve on this year's National Children's Parliament.
OA girls fielded teams for volleyball and for basketball.
OA proudly presents our first Cheerleading Squad.
But along with these accomplishments, we are facing some challenges. The rainy season is not kind to us on campus. High rain waters have forced us to close our campus 6 days already this school year. We are working on using block to build an elevated walkway in the area in front of the building. If we can't stop the water, then we'll just walk above it. :) We hope that our End of Year Fundraising will provide the funds for those blocks.
We are forever grateful for your support. YOU are the reason that these teens are able to continue their education despite the adversities they face.
"Back to School" Those are such exciting words as we prepare to start our 16th school year. YOU, our supporters, have made every step of the way possible. Thank you!
Our student body has grown to 175. When we opened in 2008, one of our hopes was to one day hire our graduates as the teachers and leaders. That has continued to happen! Ocean Academy alumni currently work as teachers, office staff and technology assistant.
The Social Enterprise program is getting back on its feet as tourism continues to increase on Caye Caulker. Students are thrilled to be training to lead bicycle and kayak tours,
The number of female students participating in athletics and technology classes continues to grow. Last school year, we had enough female athletes to field teams in Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer. And we had female athletes participate in regional and national track and field events.
With the help of donors like you, Ocean Academy students continue to strive to meet their potential and to follow the path to their best lives.
July was a busy month on our campus as we again hosted a Digital Technology Summer Camp called "Introduction to New Technology and Cyber Security Awareness". This opportunity is possible thanks to our partnership with Digital Silence (website URL below). Digital Silence is a team of cyber security professionals who volunteer their time and expertise with Ocean Academy to lead intensive specialization courses. The camp also empowers youth to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills. Last summer, they engaged students and police officers in digital literacy skills, digital forensics and cyber security awareness. This summer, the camp will extend to two sessions of one week each.
Ocean Academy is a leader in secondary education in Belize. Ocean Academy proudly hosted Honourable Minister of State for Education, Dr. Louis Zabaneh, along with his curriculum team to review Ocean Academy’s competency-based learning models. Ocean Academy’s administrators, teachers, students and a parent shared their experiences with the team. The team applauded the progress OA has made toward building 21st Century skills through competency-based learning and encouraged students to continue to follow their passion.
Dear GlobalGiving donors, thank you for believing in all of our students, but especially for supporting opportunities for girls. Thank you for believing in the value of investing in their education. You are truly making an impact.
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