“be MoRE” Campaign Launched to Boost Education Involvement Nationwide

“be MoRE” Campaign Launched to Boost Education Involvement Nationwide

The Ministry of Education, Culture Science and Technology (MOECST) in partnership with UNICEF launched a “be MoRE” campaign today. The campaign targets parents, teachers, principals and students from all over the country in all levels of education to be more involved in the education system. Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology Francis Fonseca spoke about the ministry’s motive behind launching the campaign. 

Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “You know, in Belize, we hear it all the time. We raise hell about some new topic on social media or in the media each week but do very little to effect meaningful change. So the question that I posed to my team at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology was, what can we do from our corner? From our space in our beautiful Belize? How can the Ministry of Education be more and do more for our education community and for Belize? And how can we challenge and inspire schools, principals, managers, teachers, students, administrators, staff to do more and to be more for education and for Belize.”

The MoECST hopes to encourage students to do more, be more, share more and in return get more. Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology Francis Fonseca spoke about the five pillars involved in the campaign. 

Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “And we started with our programs at the Ministry of Education. So how can we, you know, we’re committed to inclusion, ensuring that our special needs children and others feel fully included. So how can we be more, we challenge our schools, how can we be more inclusive? How can we be more digital? We know that technology is at the center of education now and moving forward. So how can we ensure that our schools are more digital and embrace technology? How can we be more innovative and creative in our schools, in our classrooms? How can we make learning more exciting? How can we encourage students and inspire students to want to come to school, want to learn? You know, how can we be more healthy? Another important component of our work at the Ministry of Education. We’ve launched… the National Healthy Start Feeding Program across the country. So we want to ensure that our students are leading active lifestyles, that they’re eating properly, that they’re developing healthy habits, not only for school but for their lives. So that’s a part of where we are and that was really the reason and rationale behind this program.”

Schools across the country can participate in the movement by visiting the website, picking an activity and then submitting it on the website. The submissions can be a video, an article, a vlog, photos or data of how they incorporate any of the 5 pillars either by engaging in community service programs, hosting fun activities or even making a garden in the school. The ideas are limitless. CEO of MoECST, Dian Maheia spoke about the rewards that the schools can receive upon submitting their videos. 

Dian Maheia, CEO, Ministry of Education: “Every submission is counted. We’re gonna collect points, right? And so the points are going to lead to rewards. And the rewards are different things. They’re cleaning supplies, they’re art supplies, they’re social media highlights for our Ministry of Education page. Kevin shared last night that we’ve hit 2,000 followers on Instagram and 1,000 followers on TikTok. So we’ve made some milestones, people. And the schools that share more will benefit because we’re going to highlight them also.”

Submissions will be collected monthly by the MoECST and submissions by the schools will be featured in the ministry’s magazine at the end of the year.

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