A group of women educators are in Belize from the US and will be travelling across the country in an effort of learning more from our culture and people. The group arrived in Belize on Sunday and has been to San Ignacio and today visited with Mrs. Ofelia Novelo, founder of Mujeres Ayudando a Mujeres a Superarse, MAMAS in Orange Walk Town. The women are led in part by Annice Allen who told us more about their visit.
“We are here as a part of the full braid haze group project abroad and it is funded by the United States Department of Education and we are here in an effort to further develop our curriculums each member of the group, we are developing our curriculums so a part of what we are doing is trying to expose educators to other cultures and we have chosen Belize as a place to immerse ourselves into the culture so that when we go back to the United States we can teach our students more broadly about the world. The Belizean culture provided us for an avenue to really look at women issue which is our major focus is on women’s issues. As you know the world is getting smaller and we heard a lot about globalization and global education so part of what we want to do is to take our children and not let them see and to help them see beyond the US and there are other people’s in the world and that they have a different understanding about the world or maybe a similar understanding but they use different tools that is available in your environment and so our way of life is not the only way of life there is.”
Dalila Ical – Reporter
“So how is this important to the development of the students there at the US?”
“I think that it helps them more to have an appreciation for people outside of themselves.”
For the majority of the group members, this is their first time in Belize. Allen says they chose to visit Mrs. Novelo after reading about her remarkable achievements and work with women in her community.
“She has done a phenomenal job from what we can tell and from her talk with us a phenomenal job of gathering women in the community to help them become self-sufficient and that is very important we have similar issues in the US but we want to help become more self-sufficient.”
The women will also be visiting Belmopan, Punta Gorda, Dangriga and Belize City. They are scheduled to leave the country on July 14th.
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