Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019. 12:27 pm CST.
On Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, Galen University students embarked on a two-day field research and philanthropy activity on the Placencia Peninsula.
The field activity is carried out as part of Galen University’s Introduction to Sustainable Development course – a core requirement for all majors at the University. This activity serves to provide practical and empirical experience to students in operationalizing Galen’s University Vision of serving as an “internationally recognized, prestigious university promoting academic excellence, sustainable development, and lifelong learning”.
Throughout the two-day session, students sought to assess the Peninsula’s development trajectory through a social, economic, institutional and environmental lens in order to evaluate its long-term sustainability. As a result of their research, the students – who were guided by a basic scientific methodology – are expected to advance recommendations intended to improve policy and practice of sustainable development projects in line with the national sustainable development framework of Belize.
Students received presentations from the Placencia and Seine Bight Village Council as well as the Southern Environmental Association on the current developmental challenges on the Peninsula. Students also carried out various surveys within communities and businesses in order to assess their perspectives on key research areas that are likely to have a significant impact on their findings.
On Saturday afternoon, students took a short break from their research and visited Seine Beight Village where they, in collaboration with the Village Council, painted the basketball court. Village Council Chair Jose Aleman expressed his gratitude to Galen University and its students on behalf of the Village and noted that gratitude is shown in Seine Beight with the sound of the drums. Accordingly, Galen students and faculty were treated to a Garifuna drumming performance.
The two-day field effort was led by Dr. Kenrick Williams, Galen University’s lead faculty in Sustainable Development.
Galen University would like to thank our social partners on the Peninsula for their continuous support in helping to affect our mission in “offering responsive and cutting edge programs through experiential learning, service, and research…”. Our profound gratitude is extended to the people and Village Councils of Placencia and Seine Bight and to the Southern Environmental Association.
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