By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) is turning 50 this year, and today the union gathered at its Belize Coty headquarters to launch the official series of events leading up to and beyond the celebration.
The BNTU brought out representation from its 10 branches, past presidents and the current leadership today to mark the launch of the events, and recount some of the union’s greatest achievements as well.
Union President, Elena Smith, said that the list of events will include a special Ecumenical church service in March, which will allow the union to give thanks for all the strides it has made, special women’s seminars for their female teachers, a gala to honor the BNTU’s past presidents, a parade through the streets of Belize, and a seminar for young teachers among other things. The actual 50th-anniversary celebration takes place in July.
The union also recounted some of its greatest successes which included the reduction of the school year from 40 to 38 weeks, the improvement to training and working conditions for teachers that were negotiated with the Ministry of Education and the 2016 Stand up for Belize campaign, which forced the hand of government to act on various demands which addressed the issue of good governance, and a much-needed salary increase for teachers.