Posted: Friday, September 15, 2023. 2:25 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On September 13, 2023, the Government of Belize honored 25 distinguished persons at this year’s Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony.
Exemplary educator, Ignacia Arana has dedicated her life to sculpting the minds of young Belizeans for over four decades. She was awarded the Meritorious Award for contributions to Education.
In 1957, at only 15, Agnes began her career as a pupil teacher in her native Punta Gorda Town. On her own, she enrolled in overseas correspondence courses, earning her General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level qualifications in English and Geography from the University of London in England in 1964. She qualified as a trained teacher at the then Belize Teacher’s College and received her First Class Teachers Certificate in 1963.
With a Commonwealth Fellowship from the British Government, she financed her enrollment at South Hampton University in England from 1972 to 1973, earning her qualifications in Education and Geography. After passing her qualifying exams, she became an Associate of the College of Preceptors in England in 1976.
Arana taught at the primary level for 13 years and went on to teach at the secondary level at Wesley College, St. Catherine’s Academy, and Edward P. Yorke High School for 20 years. She spent the final 10 years of her career teaching at St. John’s College before retiring in 2000.
Arana credits her profound love of education and passion for learning to two career teachers, her late father Carlos B. Martinez, and her late husband Gregorio Miguel Arana.
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