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Jan 16, 2015

MoE Hosts Training Workshop

Approximately thirty persons from technical and vocational high school instructors as well as personnel from ITVETs across the country were engaged in a training workshop at the Biltmore Plaza. The purpose of the E.U.-funded initiative was to start the process of aligning regional technical and vocational standards with the local education curriculum. News Five was on hand today at the Biltmore Plaza for the closing ceremony and spoke with Margarita Gomez of the Employment Training and Education Services and C.E.O. David Leacock of the Ministry of Education on the implementation of the initiative.

 

David Leacock, C.E.O., Ministry of Education

“This particular initiative—Aligning the TVET curricula with the regional occupational standards is also linked to the Caribbean Single Market and Economy. As you know, Belize is a member of CARICOM and as a member, we signed on to the CSME, which one of the objectives of that is about maximizing and having full employment and the full utilization of labor across the Caribbean.”

 

Margarita Gomez

Margarita Gomez, Director, Employment Training and Education Services, MoE

“The E.U. BAM 2012 project has a number of activities. This is only one of those activities that is leading us to improving TVET and these past two-week activities has been the alignment of the national curricula with the regional occupational standards. We didn’t have an opening ceremony at the beginning because we felt that we really needed to get the work going before we can know what we can accomplish. Now we are celebrating our accomplishment of the two weeks of activities although the work is not totally finished because aligning curriculum is not an easy task, it is really time consuming and it is just so much that we could have done.”

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