Education month is an important time for students and teachers. The Belize District Education Center is hosting several activities to showcase the development of the children and Wednesday’s event is being held under the theme “every child is an artist, a pathway to a productive and creative life.” We spoke to Darlene Lozano, the IRO Education Officer for the Belize District Education Center who says that the public is invited to the launch on Wednesday, ten a.m. at Mexico’s Cultural Institute on Newtown Barracks.
Darlene Lozano – IRO Education Officer: “All the artwork will be from the Belize District. We have invited all pre-schools, primary schools, and secondary schools to participate. Art is apart of the curriculum at the primary and at the pre-school. We want to show the creativity of our students: how it grows and develops through the years. You would see craft at the primary, pre-level and at the secondary level you will see more painting: we have origami and different art forms that are more technical to secondary level.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “How long have you been doing this? Is it the first time or is it something that is happening yearly?”
Darlene Lozano – IRO Education Officer: “This is the second time, it is the responsibility of the Belize District Education Center to showcase art as apart of the Festival of Arts and so we want to really show that our children have a lot of talent. Last year we did our first Art exhibition and we had highlighted about three hundred pieces, that was last year, still counting for this year. From here we are going to select top pieces that will enter the National Festival of Arts so our event is in conjunction or in partnership with the National Institute of Culture and History and we have asked the Mexican Embassy to come on board with us.”
The exhibit closes on Friday. There are other events being held in conjunction with education month, such as the financial literacy challenge which will be held on Thursday. Six 6 primary schools: Unity Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Grace Primary, St. Mary’s St Martin’s and Ambergris Caye Elementary will take part in the challenge. The theme for Thursday’s event is “share, spend, share.” The students from the schools will complete a project that highlights the theme.