Belize Christian Academy (BCA) is a K-12 international school with a rich history in Central America. The vision of TeachBeyond, which owns and operates BCA, is to introduce a new, over-arching master plan on this lush, 25 acre property and construct a new center for Learning and Administration. This EMI team will a) evaluate existing facilities and infrastructure (roads/paths, water supply/storage/distribution, sanitation, power), b) provide conceptual design for a Learning Center and Administration Building, c) develop phasing strategies, and d) tie everything existing and proposed together within a new overall master plan. The long term result will be a school campus that supports academic excellence as well as community spirit.
Belize Christian Academy (BCA) first opened its doors in September 1993 on the outskirts of Belmopan, the capital city of Belize in Central America. While the initial population of 38 students and 4 teachers was modest, 14 nationalities were represented in the student body. This large mix is due to the fact that many children from foreign embassies have made BCA their school home. Today, local children as well as those from 40 different countries have attended BCA.
Geographically, Belize lies along the western edge of the Caribbean Sea, is bordered to the north by Mexico, and west and south by Guatemala. The official language of Belize is English while Belizean Creole is an unofficial native language. Spanish is its second most-spoken language. BCA itself is situated on 25 acres, half of which is maintained for the school grounds while the other half is mostly forested. The existing school facility is a collection of mostly single-use buildings. While most are very serviceable, some older buildings will be slated for replacement in the coming years.
The project scope of the EMI team will be to review BCA's existing facilities and infrastructure, create an overall, phased master plan for new and facilities to be rebuilt/replaced, and incorporate a new Learning Centre and Administration Building. Future EMI teams will address future phases when phase one is complete and the needs of the next phase are determined.
Will you come alongside Belize Christian Academy in this God-given vision to impact generations of children in Belize and wherever life takes them upon graduation? Please pray and consider joining us as we design a world of hope alongside BCA and TeachBeyond for the children of Belize.
— Gregory Young, EMI Canada trip leader