Free Educational trip to Chetumal by Mexican Embassy Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Students from both Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic High School in the City of Belmopan and St. Joseph Roman Catholic School in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo district were beneficiaries of a Free Educational Trip to the Planetario Yook’ol Kaab, Zoo (Zoologico Payo Obispo) and the Museum of Mayan Culture in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The trip was a reward from His Excellency Carlos Quesnel Melendez, Mexican Ambassador to Belize for being excellent students as well as for their hard work and commitment to education and improving themselves. This event was in collaboration with ADO who provided two of their own buses to transport the students in air conditioned comfort.

At the Planetarium students got insight into the origin and development of the solar system through a 3D presentation.  At the zoo, students got to see various wildlife and received facts about them from the tour guides. They saw numerous animals not native to this region including camels, tigers, and hippos. They also entered Cave systems where they saw stalagmites and stalactites as well as bats. Students brought along empty plastic bottles to promote recycling and as a goodwill gesture. The trip culminated at the Museum where students gathered information on the Maya and viewed Mayan artifacts.

The educational trip is not only an investment in these students but a form of giving them a sense of their importance and dignity.  For some students this was their first trip to Chetumal and for others the only opportunity they have to travel to these places in Chetumal.

Courtesies like these continue to enrich students’ educational experiences through events like these. It also affirms the notion that education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom, but that facilitating students physical presence at various places will later allow them to use these experiences in tapping into their inner resources and utilize acquired knowledge and skills to adequately engage in active citizenship and become an asset rather than a liability to self, family, society and by extension the country.

This collaboration with the Mexican embassy will see Our Lady of Guadalupe High School and other schools throughout Belize getting further insight on scholarship opportunities at National University of Mexico as well as  CONALEP  (Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica) which is the largest technical education system which serves low-income students at the upper-secondary school level in Mexico.