Moral, transparency, ethics, and good governance will be introduced into some school’s curriculum. A four hundred-thousand-dollar proposal entitled ‘Education and Integrity’ from the Love Foundation has been funded by the United States Embassy to enhance some school curriculum by adding those pressing topics into the classrooms. This program will cater to children from kindergarten to high school. The Managing Director of the Love Foundation Deborah Sewell told Love News that over four hundred teachers have been trained to teach these topics.
Deborah Sewell, Executive Director, The Love Foundation: “What we’re doing is we’re enhancing the curriculum by finding gaps within the curriculum where we can add a social/emotional learning component that will teach children about morals, ethics, good governance and transparency. So for example we’ll be working with children from kindergarten all the way up to high school. So in kindergarten the lessons will be focused more on morals, ethics, you know telling the truth, why it’s important to be honest things like that. Once we get to high school we will focus more on transparency and good governance. So for example students will get an opportunity to look at issues of contract procurement we know that that’s one of the big issues, why it’s important for redistricting. So in high school the students will have an opportunity to really discuss good governance issues and transparency issues as it relates to governance. More than four hundred teachers have been trained under our other program, the last program that we did which was “Stomping Out Corruption Kicking in Transparency”. We actually developed the curriculum focusing on transparency, good governance and ethics and approximately four hundred teachers underwent that training countrywide so more than likely we’ll be looking at schools where those teachers have been a part of the training because it’s a specific type of training that will allow a teacher to be able to effectively introduce these lessons into their classrooms. So we’re looking at using the teachers who have gone through the training to be a part of this project and for those who have not gone through the training we will be providing training for them. So the first year of the project will be developing materials and training of the teachers.“
Sewell went on to note that the project was molded around the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to distance learning.
Deborah Sewell, Executive Director, The Love Foundation: “The actual implementation of the program won’t begin until program year number two. The first year of the program is actually developing the teaching materials, developing the training materials, training the teachers, getting the teachers familiar with using a virtual platform. This entire project was written based on the COVID-19 situation so from the onset we were very clear that schools will be operating in a different manner. So what we did is we really put a lot into it as far as making sure that we had the right equipment, that we were able to utilize the different platforms that we want to utilize so we’ve been working with the Ministry we had conversations with the Ministry earlier to find out what platforms are really working for them, what platforms they’re using. A lot of the materials will be uploaded on our Youtube Channel, a lot of materials will be uploaded on our social media platforms so they will be accessible to students. We are also looking at a platform that will have materials accessible to students and teachers offline and as well as online because we know that internet is a challenge for people sometimes so we want to be able to have the material available online and offline so it’s accessible to everyone. The key is to have the material accessible to students, teachers, parents and community members so that they are able to use it.”
The Love Foundation is working hand in hand with the Ministry of Education, the Belize National Teachers Union, and the Integrity Commission to bring this project to life.