May 18th is International Teacher’s Day – a day to celebrate those at the heart of the educational system. This year the Ministry of Education pulled out all the stops in organizing a full day of activities at the newly re-opened Civic Center in Belize City.
The day kicked off with opening ceremonies and items from Praise Band and St. Ignatius R.C School. In a nod to music week, teachers were treated to performances from “Soca Queen” Ernestine Carballo and Supa G Entertainment. Teachers were even able to indulge in school yard games such as izzy dizzy. While things were kicking off on the court, booths were set up along the corridor surrounding the perimeter. Innovation in schools was especially highlighted by these knowledge-sharing hubs with information on social enterprise by Ocean Academy and Dalile. Booths on our EWS and CAL’s programmes, on the Out of School Initiative report, the National Library Service, and other services in Belize were set up as well.
Teacher’s day is the highlight of Education Month in Belize, and the month’s activities centered on this year’s theme of “Literacy: A Ladder to Learning and Earning.” RESTORE Belize has been involved with key events this month including the Youth Innovation Challenge, through which high school students presented solutions for financial literacy, the 4th Biennial Teacher Education Conference, which drew in international, regional and local researchers and professionals to share knowledge on Early Childhood Education, and RESTORE Belize’s Readathon and Essay Competition, the award ceremony for which will be held on Thursday of this week.
RESTORE Belize is excited about the innovation in education that results from close collaboration with the Ministry of Education. More information on these efforts can be found at the Early Warning System and Literacy and Numeracy pages under the “programmes” section of our website.