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U.S. donates over $2.4M to Guanacaste schools

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Published on Tuesday, February 20, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Through its embassy, the United States government provided more than $2.4 million to public schools in Guanacaste Province.

The funds were disclosed during a donation ceremony hosted by Cynthia Telles, U.S. ambassador, and other Costa Rican government authorities visiting Guanacaste.

The first funding of around $1.6 million was granted to a kindergarten in Coco Beach in Carrillo Canton. 

The contribution included the building of the whole kindergarten, which measures 700 square meters. The structure consists of four classrooms with reinforced concrete block walls, a galvanized sheet roof, thermal insulation, the installation of electrical systems, and drinking water piping, among other basic structure requirements.

The Filadelfia Canton Public School then got about $800,000 contribution for the building of three classrooms and a basketball facility.

Additionally, the Bernardo Gutiérrez Public School in Sardinal Canton received more than $16,000 in funding for classroom furniture, which included closets, tables, chairs, and blackboards, among other supplies.

The United States Southern Command, through the Office of the Defense Representative at the diplomatic headquarters, built classrooms and upgraded these three school facilities.

"These donations are a reminder of what can be achieved when we work hand in hand to foster better access to education," stated Ambassador Telles. "The United States is committed to working together to create a safer and prosperous Costa Rica."

The construction of school rooms is one of many initiatives offered by the embassy to public school students.   Recently, the U.S. sponsored the University Horizons Extension Program for learning English in Limón Province.

In February, the school year began for about 1.2 million students from more than 5,000 public schools and high schools in Costa Rica.


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