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Jul 23, 2020

What is the Heritage Education Network Belize?

Heritage Education Network Belize is a new non-profit organization being led by four archaeologists to help support heritage education and the sustainable development of tourism and creative businesses. The online platform, which is accessible on social media networks and a website, was borne out of the founders need to create a space to make cultural heritage accessible and to provide support for small businesses and communities. Co-Founder Sylvia Batty says that the challenges placed by COVID-19 and subsequent measures implemented for public health and safety highlighted the need for this platform.


Sylvia Batty

On the Phone: Sylvia Batty, Co-Founder, Heritage Education Network

“We realized that when the country was placed under quarantine and all those states of emergency and things like that, that we had an audience of people who had been robbed of that interaction with heritage and culture that you would have had probably on a daily basis. And so we realized that when the tourism industry reopen and stuff like that, that it would change and it would be dynamic and the industry would look a whole lot different than what we were accustomed to. We realized also that people had time on their hands and that we had an opportunity to create synergy and to create open sharing and learning as discourse around culture and heritage. So, we created a Facebook, social media platform where people could share information or their experiences around culture and heritage and a space where this can happen organically where people can learn and sharpen their skills on culture and heritage in Belize. We also created this space to help out small businesses, artisans, tour guides. It is to help out people who work in that culture tourism-heritage tourism sector; artisans who would work at gift shops and probably now had a little more time to look at reinventing their products or services and honing skills they already had or work on these skills that could help elevate their business or product to a new level. So, we are an education and information platform that is specific to the cultural industry in Belize.”

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