Community fair recognizes thrifty students

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Primary School students (Belize City)

Primary School students
(Belize City)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The First Annual Community Fair organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports along with Peacework and Pricewaterhousecoopers took place at the ITVET grounds today.

Students from around the City visited displays by vendors and businesses teaching the importance of business.

It was also an opportunity to showcase the explosion of teaching about financial literacy, which according to Peacework’s Corporate Program Director Lia Flur, is about more than dollars and cents.

She told us that it is more about managing one’s personal life and choices.

This week, teachers from around the country were in Belize City to learn about financial literacy.

Carol Babb (Deputy Chief Education Officer)

Carol Babb
(Deputy Chief Education Officer)

According to Deputy Chief Education Officer Carol Babb, this is the best way to spread the message around the country, where several schools have already benefited.

The teachers are expected to go back and pass what they learned on. Primary and high schools were awarded prizes for their participation in separate competitions detailing practical uses of financial literacy.

High schoolers were given the problem of finding solutions for waste management.

The first place team from Ladyville Technical High School came up with an idea which their students say will soon catch on – using less paper in class in favour of more technological innovations.

Ladyville Technical’s prize package was a printer, computer tablets for the students and $250 for their teacher/mentor.

Second place in the competition went to Edward P. Yorke High School and third to Anglican Cathedral College.

The other schools all received cash prizes, certificates and medals.

In the primary category where students had to design and market an original product, Queen Square Anglican beat out Ebenezer Primary and All Saints to the top prize.

The winners will be on display at September’s Expo Belize.

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