The Government of Belize received ten million dollars today with the aim to improve the quality of education. Signing on behalf of the Government was Prime Minister Dean Barrow.
Dr. Cassandra Rogers, Country Representative, Inter-American Development Bank: “EQUIP 1 had excellent learning outcomes due to a change in the methodology of learning, student centered learning and which was applied to fifty percent of primary schools. Under this new operation the same methodology is going to be applied to the other fifty percent of primary schools and in addition it has a very important component related to innovation in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at the secondary level including the establishment or the construction of a STEAM lab school which will be a hub, a center, a facility to allow young people at the secondary level to innovate and we are going to be working very closely with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in this regard. So we are really very pleased to sign this operation and continue the support the bank has provided to Belize in terms of improving the quality of education at both the primary as well as the secondary level.”
Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “The Government of Belize is very pleased at yet another instance which evidences the continuing collaboration with the bank and the absolutely excellent nature of the relationship that exists between us. Because education is a huge priority for us this particular agreement, part of really what is a continuum with respect to the bank’s assistance with respect to education, this is especially important and so I place once again on record our gratitude to you and to the bank.”
While the Ministry of Education is receiving monies to improve phase two of this education program, Minister Faber, in an address this morning, spoke of the need for Government to spend more efficiently.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports: “There are those who work on a daily basis, everyday to try to ensure that the voices of our young people are heard and that we make decisions that are good for them and I congratulate those stakeholders as well. Particularly those government ministries that have gotten it that we need not do our own individual things in silo, in fact we should be working together in order to make sure that the work is simple and the work is easy and that we are truly making good use of the very limited resources that are often expended to us in the work of helping our children and our families and all of this kind of social work. We are thankful for the government’s major investment in education and social programs in Belize but if we don’t efficiently and effectively put these resources to use as is the case in Belize, we don’t do a very good job on that and yes you can quote me on that, then it’s almost a wasted effort.”
Faber delivered the address this morning at an event hosted by the Special Envoy for Women and Children.