Due to this philosophy the PUNTACANA Foundation built the Ann & Ted Kheel Polytechnic School which is the only semi-public high school within many miles of the Punta Cana International Airport.
The Ann & Ted Kheel Polytechnic High School was built and equipped by the PUNTACANA Foundation in 2004 in the nearby community of Veron. It is serving young people from poor families. Students receive a basic high school education as well as technical training in areas like computer science, hospitality, electricity, plumbing , cooking and refrigeration, as well as English language. An Administrative Committee headed by the Catholic Church, the PUNTACANA Foundation, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Education and an Association of Parents and Friends of the Institution currently manages the Polytechnic. An Elementary School (5th to 8th grades) has been functioning during the afternoons in the same facilities since August 2011.
Poverty in the Dominican Republic has caused a rift in the educational system whereas trade skills have proven to help student interest and productivity. Students take general computing classes and are also trained on software applications commonly used in the workplace. The Polytechnic school understands the importance of English Literacy for employment opportunities, internet and computer usage, as well as developmental training.
So far this project in particular has raised over $170,000 with only a tenth of that amount left in order for the total goal to be reached. We are excited to keep you updated with our latest progress and hopefully a few happy pictures along the way! If you’re interested in learning more about our pro bono projects please visit globalgiving.org and type in Puntacana.