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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

Education Showcase 2014 is being held under the theme ‘Quality Teachers: Nurturing the Inherent Potential of our Children’. Over the next two weeks, students from all levels of education will be using lessons from the classrooms to make public presentations. There will be training workshops, literacy fairs and it will end with a grand celebration of dedicated educators.

The focus on the first three days of Education Showcase 2014 was the promotion of financial literacy in Belize. Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) and Peacework International has been holding financial literacy camps in Belize since 2008 and they held their latest on Monday, May 5th, and Tuesday, May 6th. Financial Literacy has been an important component of education for Hon. Patrick Faber’s Ministry of Education. Belize, like many countries in the Caribbean region, is far behind developed countries in the area of financial literacy. The culture is one that does not allow children to be involved in financial discussions. Very few parents speak to their children about bills, budgeting and other financial affairs. Majority of the population is not even exposed to elementary level financial literacy training. It is for this reason that the Ministry of Education takes its partnership with Price Waterhouse Cooper and Peacework very seriously.

The result of the partnership is being seen in financial literacy fairs that are being held now. Students even at the primary school level are now presenting viable business projects at these fairs. On Wednesday, May 7th, the Belize Community Fair on the ITVET compound was impressive. There were a couple jewelry shops featuring pieces from young artisans. One booth sold chocolate covered fruits on a stick. One primary school had some of the nicest cakes on the market right now. The sewing group from Living Hope Preparatory School is a very skilled bunch and their products have potential. The quilts and bedding sets from Trinity Methodist are other products that would sell in stores. Tubal’s electronic games were also very creative. Organizations such as the Belize Diabetes Association, Belize Cancer Society, Belize Coast Guard, Center for Community Resource Development, National Institute for Culture and History, Belize Tourism Board, Hand in Hand Ministries and the United States Embassy were also present at the fair. The goal of the Ministry of Education is to make the fair a national event with participation from schools of every district.

Other special events for Education Showcase 2014 this week are the Amazing Pageant featuring special needs students and the Festival of Arts Golden Night at Octavio Waight Center in Cayo. The Amazing Pageant will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May, 9th. On Monday, May 12th, preschool children will showcase their talents at the Early Childhood Education Expo at ITVET Belize City. The Second Biennial Teacher Education Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 13th, and Wednesday, May 14th. The two weeks of activities end on Thursday, May 15th, with the Outstanding Teachers and School Leaders Awards Ceremony at the Bliss Center.