Belize Education Sector Reform Project report card discussed

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Ministry of Education officials

Ministry of Education officials

Tuesday, February 24, 2015. GWEN NUNEZ GONZALEZ Reporting: The achievements and accomplishments in the education sector were agenda items today for a media event in the nation’s capital, Belmopan.

With a report, here is Gwen Nunez Gonzalez.

Gwen Nunez Gonzalez Reporting: The Hon. Patrick Faber accompanied by the Management Team and Director of Projects, Dr. Ellajean Gillett held a media breakfast press conference this morning highlighting the achievements and plans for the Ministry as it relates to the Belize Education Sector Reform Project.

The media was informed about the Three Policy Objectives that the Ministry is implementing as part of the Belize Education Sector Strategy, which aims at increasing Equitable Access to Education, Increasing Quality and Relevance of Education, and Strengthening Governance to increase Student Performance. 

CEO David Leacock spoke about the projects and funding  that the ministry is utilizing to achieve its goals; namely, The Belize Education Sector Reform Project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank valuing $2.5 Million US., Education Quality Improvement Programme, European Union Projects, Social Investment Fund Projects which are infrastructure and facilities, UNICEF, Japanese Grass Roots Development Fund, and USMLO.

Dr. Gillett spoke about the consultancies that are channelled through the ministry geared at achieving the highlighted goals.

These are Strengthening the Regulatory Framework, Rationalization and Diversification of Secondary School Curriculum, National Qualification Framework, National Human Resource Development Strategy, Strengthening System of Leadership, and Strengthening School Management and Leadership.

Chief Education Officer, Mr. Chris Aird, expanded on the ICT in Education and the Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP), which involves training the teachers, providing School Support in Information Technology, Purchasing of Technical and Vocational Equipment for Georgetown Technical High School and Agriculture and Natural Resource Institute (ANRI) among others.

The officials also said that the ministry has completed three initiatives: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, strategies on acquisition of second language, and design for school construction.

Hon. Patrick Faber expressed gratitude to the press for attending and encouraged the media houses to assist in highlighting the importance of team effort in addressing many of the issues in education and pledged his continued effort in advancing the business of education.

He reminded everyone that education is everybody business.

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