Fifth Anniversary of Belizean Studies Curriculum Celebrated at House of Culture
An event celebrating the fifth anniversary of Belizean Studies curriculum was held this week at the House of Culture in Belize City. The curriculum is a mix of history and social studies, compiled to develop a curriculum. Speaking at the event was the CEO in the Ministry of Education, Dian Maheia.
Dian Maheia, Chief Executive Officer, MOECST: “Today, because of the efforts that have been going on we’re seeing collaborations that I would dare say haven’t existed before. We’re seeing collaborations across levels. We’re seeing collaborations between tertiary level institutions and ITVETS and chamber of commerce, private sector, all with one goal. The why, that united purpose, it’s to prepare our students to meet the needs of the nation. We’re united because we love Belize. We’re united because we understand that we have to understand where we came from and where we are. Belizean studies is a real part of that. We understand that education must be holistic. I congratulate our students this morning, our Wesley College students, our St. John’s College students, it’s fantastic to understand how the discipline of music, how the experience of participating in art, these things make us better. They round us out, right? We cannot lose sight of those things. Everyone who appreciates the value of history, who understands the importance of Belizean studies I’m sure also needs to understand that we need to continue writing our story. We’re only 42 years old. There’s a lot ahead of us. Let’s not move into what’s ahead of us and forget where we came from.”
Belizean Studies is a subject at the secondary level that was launched in 2018 as a pilot project in eleven high schools across the country.