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[TREATED PHOTO] On 16 August 2016 in Belize, 4-year-old Orin and his father, Marshall Mejia, play in the water during a visit to the seashore, in their hometown of Dangriga, on the south-eastern coast. Orin, whose parents are not together, stays at his mother’s home at night-time and with his father, Marshall Mejia, during the day. His father’s house is two minutes away by bicycle, and both homes are located just a few hundred metres from the sea. Mr. Mejia, who is a preschool teacher, understands the importance of exposing children to learning materials and a stimulating environment from a young age. “We must prepare children for school long before they arrive in the classroom, only then are they able to benefit fully from the teachings,” he says. Orin, who graduated from the Kids First Child Development Centre preschool and begins primary school in September, has a wide-ranging vocabulary. He loves to read, or be read to by his father at bedtime. Mr. Mejia’s activities with his son also include trips to the seaside – to swim at the beach and to see what fishermen at the pier have caught – and to the park to play.

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