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Oct 15, 2019

“Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community”

Statistics are important in our daily lives; it keeps us accurately informed with what is taking place all over.  The Statistical Institute of Belize, which one of the major agencies dedicated go collecting data, hosted an exhibition to show why it is essential to be in the know in the various sectors of national life. Here is News Five’s Hipolito Novelo.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Today Belize joined CARICOM in observing Caribbean Statistics Day under the theme “Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community”. For the sixth year, the Statistical Institute of Belize has organized a national exhibition, inviting students to visit the booths of participating agencies and learn the importance of statistics.


Javier Romero

Javier Romero, Assistant Statistician I, S.I.B.

“What we are trying to do is to foster a culture of statistic in Belize where we are trying to emphasize the importance of statistic and its uses. We try to present the information in a friendly format. We use info graphics. We use videos to try to have them buy in the concepts of statistics.”


The exhibition saw the participation of several agencies that collect data and produce national statistics in various fields. Keithon Maurice is the Communication and Public Relations Analyst for the Central Bank of Belize.


Keithon Maurice

Keithon Maurice, Communication and Public Relations Analyst, Central Bank of Belize

“We just wanted to introduce some financial concepts to the kids. So we have different displays to teach them about budgeting and saving and concept of inflation and about the work that the Central Bank does.  We want to get those ideas introduced to them in a simple and a fun way that they can relate to and take it back to their parents and households and their schools.”


Hipolito Novelo

“How has their reaction been so far?”


Keithon Maurice

“Really positive. The kids are really great at math. They know the concept of budgeting they just need to tighten up a bit more. They have to understand the concept that just because you have budget of twenty dollars you don’t have to spend all of that money all in one time.”


Today’s event explored the expectations on the need for Statistics in specific areas such as Gender, ICT, agriculture and health. Edgar Nah from the Ministry of Health says that the process of producing quality data can be challenging.


Edgar Nah

Edgar Nah, Ministry of Health

“It is very challenging to compile good quality data because they say in statistics garbage in garbage out. We have to do a lot of cleaning of the data to produce quality material such as this. It is important to have good data so we give information to the decision makers, the project managers to see where the resources need to be sent and to see where problems lie. If a certain district needs more mental health services for example we can see that there is a need that is not being met and the data is showing us that.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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