School Resourcing Services (SRS)

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OFFICE CONTACT AND LOCATION INFORMATION

Contact Location:

Cor. St. Joseph & St. Thomas Street

Phone Number:

223-1762 Fax: 223-7331

E-mail(s):

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Vision

To serve as a book purchasing and distribution subsidiary for the Ministry of Education, making available the tools for a good education.

Mission

  • Procurement of primary and secondary textbooks and school supplies for sale and distribution.
  • Procurement of primary school textbooks for the Ministry of Education's Textbook Program.

Objectives

To make available textbooks and supplies at an affordable cost for distribution and sale to schools, parents and booksellers.

Status

School Resourcing Services (SRS) is a new Service Area formed in 2008 as a result of the structural reorganization within the Ministry of Education. This service area is in its early stages of formation. The National Textbook Programme, Government Bookstore and the Building and Maintenance Unit are currently operating under SRS, with School Children Transportation and Materials Production to be transferred in the near future.

SRS provides technical support services to schools, through close collaboration with the District Education Centres and other Service Areas.

Organization

School Resourcing Services is comprised of five (5) areas of responsibilities; these being National Textbook Programme, Building and Maintenance, School Children Transportation Materials Production and the Government Bookstore.

Brief History

The National Textbook Programme which commenced in 2007 provides free textbooks to all children in grant-aided and public primary schools.

The Building and Maintenance Unit emerged as an independent unit in early 2005 when civil works officers from the Education Training and Employment Service Area who had been working with the ETVET project were tasked to address the schools' physical infrastructure on an annual basis.

School Children Transportation has existed under the responsibilities of General School Services while Materials Production has been operating under QADS.

NATIONAL TEXTBOOK PROGRAMME

Functions:

Analyze data collected from the schools by District Education Centres; project and order the books needed; distribute books required to meet the students' need

There are 92,500 children in 292 primary schools across the country. The National Textbook Programme provides books to students in the core subject areas of Mathematics, English, Science and Spanish.

Activities:

  • Needs Assessment.
  • Textbook and Materials Procurement.
  • Packaging and Distribution.

BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE

Functions:

To ensure that all school facilities, physical infrastructure, playgrounds, equipment and furniture, are designed, constructed and maintained to meet the standards and criteria that are acceptable to the Ministry of Education in order that students and teachers conduct all educational activities in a safe and comfortable environment.

Activities:

  • provide technical data on educational facilities.
  • prepare bills of quantities and estimates for repairs and new construction.
  • provide quotations, designs, supervisions, inspections and certification of projects.
  • prepare, implementing and monitoring the procurement of work contracts.
  • design and prepare specifications for furniture.

BELIZE GOVERNMENT BOOK AND SUPPLIES STORE

Address:

16 Gabourel Lane,

P.O. Box 33.

Belize City, Belize

Email:

bookstore_moe@ btl.net

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