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Teachers Down South graduate from Training Course Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

Graduation ceremonyThe Banana Belt Teacher Training Program has provided an opportunity for almost one hundred percent of teachers in the Southern districts to be trained in modern pedagogical techniques with concentration in English, mathematics, science, social sciences and Spanish. The program is financed by the European Union at $1.2 million and is aimed at upgrading the quality of education for primary school students in the Banana Belt communities of Southern Belize. The project includes professional development training for teachers in key areas such as early childhood education, reading, mathematics and science. It also provides professional training for school administrators and parenting support.  


On Sunday, October 28th, the University of Belize held a graduation ceremony for 87 student teachers in the Banana Belt communities, who received Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Diploma in Education Methodology for successfully completing their Professional Development Programme at the Georgetown Technical High School (GTHS). Since becoming Minister of Education in 2008, Hon. Patrick Faber has stressed the importance of teacher training for the development of Belize’s education system. At the time the Banana Belt program started in 2010, only about 15% of the teachers were trained in early childhood education. There were approximately 45% trained primary school teachers and 30% trained secondary school teachers. Those numbers have improved due to initiatives such as the certificate program in Primary Education which trained more than 860 teachers with pedagogy skills.

Minister Faber is extremely proud of the 87 teachers that graduated on Sunday because it meant that all secondary school teachers in Banana Belt communities have been trained. However, he will be most proud at a graduation exercise scheduled for next summer, which will mean that almost one hundred percent of secondary and primary school teachers from the area would have completed their Professional Development Programme.