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Aug 19, 2015

Laptops Donated to Belize City Schools

Last month, we showed you the summer camps being held to train students and teachers at the primary and high school levels on how to better manage financial resources, plan and even open and manage a business. Those workshops were held by the PricewaterhouseCoopers and Peace Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, and today those partners showed up big for the high schools. Ministry of Education announced that forty thousand U.S. dollars was given to provide scholarships for students and a shipment of books and school materials valued at fifty thousand Belize dollars will arrive in country in a few weeks to be divided among some Belize City high schools and in the Belize District. At the announcement, laptops were also handed out as a part of the donation. News Five was there.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Today, the Ministry of Education handed over twelve of twenty laptops to Belize City high schools. Donated by Price Waterhouse Coopers and Peace Work, the laptops valued around thirty thousand dollars, are to be used in the furtherance of financial literacy and entrepreneurship lessons.

 

Carol Babb

Dr. Carol Babb, Deputy Chief Education Officer, MOE

“PWC is donating these laptops to these schools to help them in their development of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. In addition, they have also donated seventy-five scholarships to students who are attending some of these high schools and other high schools.  As much as we don’t like to talk about money; money is an important ingredient or an important commodity in our daily lives. But the financial literacy and entpreneurship curriculum is bigger than money.”

 

Belize High School and E.P Yorke are two of the schools that teach Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship. And donations like this one help them to improve lessons and give students a richer experience.

 

Josephine Flowers, Vice Principal, EP Yorke

“Immediately, because right now we are doing our program and our teachers will know that they have something, the resources that they can use to encourage their students to plan whatever they are going to do.”

 

Josephine Flowers

Jamie Usher, Principal, Belize High School

“This laptop will go towards this program and will definitely enhance that. They do things like printing and a little snack shop. Like I said, it is things that speak to them now and that way they get to learn something easier.”

 

Majority of the Belize City high schools teach financial literacy and entrepreneurship, with the exception of two. The purpose is to use the education system to empower citizens at a young age and invest in Belize’s future.

 

Dr. Carol Babb

“It helps them to decide what they want to be in the future and how to arrive at that. It also looks at the individual. It teaches them about responsibility and leadership. So, it is very comprehensive and I actually see financial literacy and entrepreneurship as a life skill.  If we educate our students and they don’t know how to manage their money, they will be unproductive and unhappy. This is important to teach them how to plan, how to budget and how to save for the future.”

 

Jamie Usher

Jamie Usher

“We have had financial literacy in our school since 2010 and we have definitely seen the benefit of engaging students thinking about money from day one. Most of our young people always seem to think that mom and dad always have money; once you have a cheque book you always have money. Part of the education role is about developing the entire person. So, teaching them about money doesn’t only include teaching them how to get a job and make money. It’s about saving, it’s about budgeting, and it’s about planning. Learning how to stretch your dollar can never begin too early.”

 

Josephine Flowers

“Let’s say it is a high for us. We just started the Financial Literacy. We did the camp and it was a high for us there so this will just give us another boost. Right now we are doing training for our teachers so we will take this on full force. In the end it will help us to help our students to be financial literate as well as to take on their own business and to plan their future properly.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

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