By Benjamin Flowers: The United States Embassy in Belmopan announced today that former Chief Education Officer Dr. Carol Babb is this month’s Wonder Woman.
The Embassy praised Dr. Babb, who holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of North Florida and a Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State, for her contributions to Belize’s Education system particularly during the period 2008-2020. In 2008, Babb began serving as the Deputy Chief Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, and her longstanding work with Peacework International.
“A crowning achievement of this collaboration was a program called ‘Project Belize,’ which provided financial literacy training to teachers, parents, and students. It is because of the investment in the project that financial literacy is now a part of the primary school curriculum and taught as a core subject in Belizean secondary schools,” the Embassy said,
In 2015, Dr. Babb became the Chief Education Officer at the ministry, where she placed special emphasis on literacy and despite her departure in 2020, still holds on to her belief that literacy is the basis for all forms of learning.
“It was under her leadership that a Literacy Unit was formed at the ministry and that a partnership was created with the Peace Corps to recruit response volunteers to support the expansion of literacy in schools. Dr. Babb also advocated for the development of school gardens so that every Belizean child can eat at least one healthy meal a day at school,” the embassy also noted.
Dr. Babb currently serves as the Director of Peacework Belize, in the community where she grew up. Babb is currently working with young people in underserved neighborhoods with the end goal of creating opportunities through education to transform the lives of at-risk youths.
Breaking Belize News congratulates Dr. Babb and salutes the work she has done for the betterment of Belize particularly students.