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Jan 14, 2015

Education Stakeholders Sign Tripartite Agreement

This morning at the Saint John’s Anglican Primary School in Belize City, education stakeholders turned out in numbers. The occasion was two-fold: the construction of a new building gifted to the school as well as the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Education, the University of Belize as well as the Bridgewater State University whose representatives have been lending a helping hand for some time. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Education is preparing minds to succeed…that’s the motto of St. John’s Anglican Primary School in Belize City. Today with the assistance of the Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts U.S.A., the school is in the process of receiving a spanking new building for a standard one classroom and office space. A group of international students are currently in the country constructing the facilities located on the compound on Euphrates Avenue.

 

Deborah Domingo

Deborah Domingo, General Manager, Anglican Schools

“If we are all committed and share the value of helping, we would be under different circumstances in this world. It is that desire to help, to make a difference that brings us together this morning. Bridgewater State University and specifically the president along with Dave and Lisa and Mary and the interns who are here…you are true friends and helpers for St. John’s Primary and to the wider education sector. We value your support and we thank you profusely for helping us as we try to help ourselves.”

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“Even in fact before Dave was at Bridgewater State University…that his service groups that have been coming to Belize—I am told initially under the auspices of Peace Works International, who I am sure members of the media are familiar with because they are a very valuable consistent partner with the Ministry of Education. You will remember that these are our main partners in the financial literacy programs that we run every year when of course we bring the larger partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.”

 

The construction of the building is being made possible through a memorial fund that was created by Doctor Dana Mohler-Faria, who is the president of Bridgewater State University. He says that it provides a better educational experience for Belizean students.

 

Dana Mohler-Faria

Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State University

“This, from my perspective, is symbolic about what needs to change in our world. That people from all walks of life, from all nations, from all races, need to understand the connective tissue of humanity; that we are all one…that together, collectively, we make up the world that god has created. And as such, it is important for us to be active participants in that world; to be soldiers for justice and equity and fairness. As I look at these young children today and I look at the circumstances into which they labor everyday—and I am not referring to their time here, I refer to their lives. As we look at them, we know that they have tremendous potential, that they are a creation that has been made with tremendous potential.”

 

The occasion was also used to sign a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, the University of Belize and Bridgewater State University. According to Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, the agreement will allow for the international university to contribute to the education system through Belize’s national university.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber

“Some years ago, we signed on to an agreement with Bridgewater…ministry to university, and it was just a matter of time before the bonds of friendship would have been built between the University of Belize, Bridgewater State University and the Ministry of Education. I am pleased to report that subsequent to president Alan Slusher’s visit to Bridgewater last year—in October was it president—that that bond matured and in fact we are prepared. President Mohler-Faria, President Slusher and I are prepared to sign a tripartite agreement that will seal the relationship among the ministry and the two universities this morning.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Several persons have earned master’s degrees in Special Education, Early Childhood Education and Counseling and Literacy from Bridgewater State University. 

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