Belize has a new STEAM Academy
In September, the Ministry of Education will open the doors to the Itz’at STEAM Academy. The institution will focus on providing lessons in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – collectively called STEAM subjects – to broaden the career paths available in Belize. The academy, whose name translates to “wise one”, will have a modern science lab, digital media studio, and maker space. Minister of Education, Francis Fonseca, says that the venture is aiming to provide a new transformative secondary school education for students in Belize.
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “Yeah well we took the IDB president and the Prime Minister on a tour of the ITZAT Steam Academy. Very exciting project of course you know the future of education is technology, is arts, engineering, STEAM and STEM subjects critically important. Belize can’t be left behind so this is just the beginning in terms of these projects. Our hope and our plan and our discussion with the IDB is to expand this across the country and to build six of these academies across the country so that people wherever they live in our country our young people can have access to STEAM education.”
The school is being built in Belize City with the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the International Development Bank.