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Jul 12, 2013

PricewaterhouseCoopers helping students and teachers

For the past four years the US firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has teamed up with the international development organization Peacework and the Ministry of Education team for the Belize Financial Literacy Project. The project consists of two weeks of training for teachers and students; the first week concluded with a market expo at the Radisson. The showcase consisted of the schools that the organizations have consulted with during the duration of the project.  Approximately a thousand Belizean youths have been directly impacted by the training.

 

Emily English, Program Liaison, Peacework

“Today we have the PWC craft market. This is really a tangible display of the skills that the children have received through their financial literacy camp. So students and schools have really been working to take those skills that they learn in those classes and create products throughout the school year and bring them here to PWC participants to show their wares and offer them for sale.”

 

Jonathan Dunkley

Jonathan Dunkley, Program Liaison, Peacework

“This year we’ve had sites all over the city from Gwen Lizarraga High School to A.C.C. to Holy redeemer Primary School. And it’s really about developing a sense of entrepreneurship with the young people and the focus on financial literacy, saving their money and finding out what they want to contribute in the society here.”

 

Betty Perez

Betty Perez, Teacher, All Saints Primary School

“They taught us about marketing and teaching the children how to be creative and to be business-minded in such a way not to finish school just to work for someone but to create jobs. They also taught us how to put whatever we are doing on the computer, to teach the children how to budget, how to make a business plan and they even taught us how to put our grades on the computer so it will be easier for us. The children have a problem with social studies; they believe that social studies is so boring. So we decided let us put the financial literacy and integrate it with the social studies they can make money. And they came up with a Miss, let’s do a book. So I asked them what type of book you would like to do and they said how about a coloring book? And I said, okay fine and they went through and they got the laptops and did their research and the girls that loved to draw, drew. And Zach, he was our editor, and so he edited and said what can go in and what cannot go in.”

 

Emily English

Emily English

“They are beautiful quality products, very creative products. Everything from art to jewelry to pillows to small cosmetic bags made in sewing classes. So it is really exciting to see the creativity and the level of students is so impressive. And the collaboration with their peers and teachers; it’s great.”

 

Betty Perez

“We recycled bottles and that generated the funds we needed to print the books. So we didn’t have to use any money from their moms. So we recycled and we got through with our money, we got through with our finance and they said Miss, it is that easy.”

 

Jonathan Dunkley

“We don’t want to just come here and, we want to work with the communities develop something that is useful, and so that is an ongoing process. As soon as this workshop wraps up, the leadership gets together with the ministry and prepare for next year.”

 

Marleni Cuellar

“From your personal experience, tell me about one experience where you know that you have made a connection with a child.”

 

Jonathan Dunkley

“When they give you a hug after three days and the first day they were just steering at you with a blank. But by the time the amp comes to an end, they give you a hug and tell you how much you meant to them for being there. I think that’s what does it for me especially when I…I typically work at Gwen Lizarraga. I love being there. I see it as a beacon of hope in the community.”

 

The PWC has sent approximately two hundred interns for the first week and will be sending two hundred more on Sunday. The schools that will be hosting workshops in the upcoming week includes: Saint Martin De Porres, Saint John’s Anglican, Grace Calvary, Salvation Army, James Garbutt, Saint Ignatius, Queen Square, Wesley Upper, Saint Luke Methodist, Saint John’s Vianney and the Sister Clara Muhammed School.

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