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Jul 15, 2015

MoE Hosts Summer Camps

Amy Mace

For the past three days, simultaneous summer camps hosted by the Ministry of Education have been ongoing at various schools across the city. Primary and high school students, as well as parents, have been learning skills and tools in financial literacy.  Several representatives and experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Peacework are back in Belize partnering with the ministry and facilitating the camps. Essentially, they are learning the discipline of setting goals and planning ahead from a young age. News Five spoke today about the program with St. Joseph Primary School Teacher, Claudia Avilez and Amy Mace from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

Amy Mace, Teacher, PricewaterhouseCoopers

“One of the reasons we like starting this young is we like to match their goals and their aspirations and dreams with financial literacy because many of their dreams require going on to secondary school, college, the technical college and that requires money. So the sooner they start thinking about that and saving for their future, the more likely it is that they will continue to go on, get the education that they want so that they can fulfill the dreams that they have today. We mix the lessons along with a lot of games and running around outside. We draw pictures so that they can picture what their future would look like. We do a lot of team building exercises where we are working on things together. So we make sure that the kids are having fun while they are learning financial literacy because it is a camp and not school, but it is important that they take away key messages about setting goals, saving for those goals and thinking about the future.”

 

Claudia Avilez

Claudia Avilez, Teacher, St. Joseph School

“What it means to save and the importance of utilizing their interest and their creativity into developing actually a plan so that they can in turn prepare themselves to be stable financial individuals for themselves and their families. The students were engaged in preparing their goals, setting their goals, establishing what was the plan of action; looking at the benefits, the challenges that they would be faced with should they delve into whatever project of their interests; then establishing as well the activities that they would have to engage in if they would take this plan into action in reality. Speaking to some of the students, you could tell that they are saying I need to save up because I need to buy my own basketball. I need to save up because next month when mommy takes me to Chetumal or to Melchor to purchase our uniforms or my tennis and so on; if I sell these little bracelets that I am making or the bandoos that I am making, I can make so much money in return and then I can utilize that money for my own benefit when I take my trip.”

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