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The Ministry of Education concluded its Education Roadshow in Orange Walk on Friday night. The Education Roadshow, which is a countrywide initiative, aims to get all stakeholders including parents, students, teachers and school leaders to dialogue and think differently about learning and schooling. Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Education, David Leacock, says they are focusing on helping to raise the quality and development in the teaching sector.

David Leacock – CEO, Ministry of Education

“One of the main goals of that project is to improve the quality of education in our schools by attracting quality teachers in to teaching, by training half of our primary schools teachers that are already in the classrooms more effective ways in teaching English, Math and Science and also by working with our Teacher Education Institutions to improve the training that goes on those institutions, they will also include leadership training as you know we’ve done leadership training already here in the north and also add to training we have already done across the country and also we are going to be working on how to engage parents more into the education of their children.”

The roadshow forms part of the Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) which focuses on recruiting people into the teaching profession. National Council for Education, Jamoula Vasquez, told the congregate that the training will provide teachers with the tools necessary to perform better.

Jamoula Vazquez – Chairperson - National Council for Education

“I think what is brilliant about what is happing right now is that we are staring to actually bringing programs that are going to be assisting in recognizing what the challenges are and one of the greatest challenges that we have had is that we need better training for teachers, we need to equip teachers with the tools so that instead of being upset when we are not getting results I think what we need to do is to be positive, we need to draw on the teachers who are doing wonderful work and we need to continue that process.”

Orange Walk’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Roxanna Briceno, Principal of St. Peter’s School, delved into the importance of quality teaching during her address.

Screen_Shot_2014-11-17_at_8.34.06_PMRoxanna Briceno – Outstanding Teacher of the Year

“We definitely need specially trained teachers in our schools to meet the need of our struggling learners and I am not talking about hiring more RIO’s or resource persons, no, I am talking about opening the scholarship opportunities to teachers who are now in the regular classrooms who will get training and return to the primary schools and the classrooms where they are most needed.”

The program will last for 4 years with a 20 Million Belize dollars funding from the International Development Bank. The culmination of the Road show in Orange Walk saw a presentation from the USA National Teacher of the Year 2008, Michael Geisen. 

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