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Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 11:03 am CST.


By BBN Staff: The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) will be hosting a handing-over ceremony to the  Department of Human Services at the Bliss Center at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Since 2013, Raquel Robles Pacheco has been visiting Belize via ICA’S Expressive Arts Education Program (EAE).  She has conducted training workshops in puppet making, puppet theatre, drama and cornhusk doll making.  She and her partner Jesus Cosio Rivas have also performed at the Costa Maya Festival. Additionally, she assists with training sessions for the Youth and Community Transformation Project under the Ministry of Human Development and has conducted training for children at the Yabra Community Policing Center.

In 2016, “Raquelin”, as she is affectionately known, increased the scope of the training work in Belize by conducting two training workshops for Roving Care Givers.

This initiative was sponsored by ICA via the Expressive Arts Education and encompassed early childhood stimulation along with puppetry for educational and therapy work.

Another round of training for the Roving Care Givers Program was held from June 5-16.

Additionally, tools to be used in the counseling of children were also made by Raquelin and Jesus.

On Thursday, June 22nd, ICA will be handing over a set of therapy dolls to the Department of Human Services. The Rovers will also conduct a small demonstration of the training they received.  ICA will present  Robles-Pacheco with an award in gratitude for her 5 years of teaching in Belize.


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