Minister of Education defends HFLE curriculum
Since hosting a series of workshops on the teaching of Health and Family Education, QUADS, a department with the Ministry of Education as well as the U.S. Peace Corps, have come under fire from various organizations including Vision Inspired by the People for promoting what they consider to be the homosexual agenda. Today, Minister of Education Patrick Faber said that the course is geared towards the teaching of life skills that are necessary for children to become productive citizens in their adulthood.
Patrick Faber, Minister of Education
“Mr. Speaker I wish to assure parents and the community that the HFLE Curriculum carries no hidden agenda. In fact, the HFLE Curriculum seeks to address the fact that young people in the Caribbean, including Belize, are at risk due to many factors including violence, negative peer pressure, family challenges and health issues including early sexual activity and the risk of HIV/AIDS. The HFLE Curriculum is a response to these many issues to help the schools not only to respond to them but also to ultimately ensure that all Belizeans acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude which is required for their own personal development and for full and active participation in the development of the nation. The curriculum Mr. Speaker is based on the CARICOM Health and Family Life regional curriculum framework which sees HFLE as a comprehensive life skills based program which focuses on the whole resilient person in that it one: enhances the potential of young persons to become productive and contributing adults or citizens; two, promotes an understanding of the principles that underlie personal and social wellbeing; three, fosters the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary for healthy family life; four, provides opportunities to demonstrate sound health-related knowledge attitudes and practices.”
Earlier this week VIP Chairman Robert Lopez called upon the Ministry of Education to recant all HFLE manuals currently being distributed in some primary schools by the Peace Corps.