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Posted: Monday, April 4, 2022. 10:37 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes, Belmopan: It’s often easier said than done – but savings are especially important for a rainy day.

For the past 12 weeks, students at three Belize City schools learned the art of financial management and managed to create and reach targeted financial goals.

Here, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance John Briceño was invited to address the gathering and offered his encouragement to the students of St. John’s Anglican, St John Vianney Roman Catholic and Unity Presbyterian to aspire to “be their own bosses” – saying that the work will often be long, hard and difficult but ultimately rewarding. He later pledged support for the idea of including financial literacy at all levels of schools by the Ministry of Education.

Charge d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones reiterated the U.S.’s support for programs such as these as part of “prosperity initiatives” that enhance the Belizean-American relationship.

And Dr Carol Babb, the recently appointed representative of Peacework Belize and longtime proponent of financial literacy, said the work will continue with funding identified for a program in two more schools.

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