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University of Texas at Tyler, Ministry of Education launch Teacher Training project in Dangriga

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Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2021. 7:25 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Education field supervisors, principals, teacher preparation instructors, and newly qualified teachers can now benefit from a series of teacher training sessions that the University of Texas at Tyler and the Ministry of Education launched today in Dangriga, Stann Creek District.

The program will also be carried out in the Toledo District later this month as well.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science & Technology (MoECST) said the project launched today is part of an ongoing two-year CARSI-funded grant.

MoECST’s Teacher Education and Development Services (TEDS) is implementing the project which focuses on student-centered education and is intended for educators to become teacher trainers.

“This initiative aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges in Belizean primary education by focusing on teacher preparation and capacity-building,” said Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Andie De Arment.

The University of Texas at Tyler faculty will train Belizean education experts during the first year using a train-the-trainers model to convert them into teacher trainers.

During the second year, the Belizean trainers will continue the process of teaching other Belizean teachers with the supervision of the trainers from University of Texas at Tyler.

The Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College and the University of Belize are partner agencies in the project.

Present at today’s launch were the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education Dr. Louis Zabaneh, Dean at the University of Texas at Tyler Dr. Wesley Hickey, Project Manager Dr. Yanira Ortiz, TEDS Director Jeannie Garbutt-Franklin, and MoECST representatives.

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