San Pedro High School has embarked in teaching its students useful life skills that that they will be able to carry on for life. The initiative was the brainchild of Mrs. Angie Ellis, teacher of the Life Skills for first form students. The program commenced with skills in sewing followed by classes in washing or doing the laundry and then with ironing both male and female apparel as well as clothing for babies. It is to be noted that these skills are being passed to the entire first form classes, both males and females.
Facilitator Mrs. Angie Ellis had this to say: “I believe that it is important for students to be prepared for the future. Wherever they go, they need to have these skills to be better prepared to face challenges presented to them. Even if they become professionals there will be more than accounting typing, computer or mathematical skills. This is the reason we decided on learning how to sew, iron and wash.”
And now it is time to bake. Ambergris Today was invited to witness the baking of Johnny cakes and then to prepare the famous pizzas. From the mood of the students, it was evident that there was high interest in those classes and that the young boys and girls were thoroughly enjoying it. Interestingly it is not only the creativity of Mrs. Ellis that was brought out the students were also creative and came up with colored Johnny cakes that looked much like marble cake.
What is to follow in the weeks ahead will be skills for job applications including writing letters and interviews. From the looks of things we are sure students will be asking “What next?” The possibilities are endless. Perhaps gardening skills? What do you think? – Story by Angel Nunez