17 October 2023

Building a resilient Belize through universal, adaptive and sustainable social protection

The journey towards a robust social protection for all: Social Protection Summit Recap, One of the key initiatives under Belize’s SDG Fund Joint Program was the Social Protection Summit held October 17th to 20th, 2023. This Summit was a monumental milestone in garnering commitments from the Government of Belize to build a social protection system where everyone thrives and can contribute effectively to national development. Its main…, Inaugural Addresses: Government reiterates commitment to Social Protection Agenda, Keynote speakers included Government Minister Dolores Balderamos Garcia from the Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs. She stressed the need for all government ministries to collaborate in creating a robust social protection framework. CEO Osmond Martinez represented the Ministry of Economic Development and…, Panel Discussions: Intersectoral think tank on knowledge and experience., Interactive sessions that were conducted at the summit covered defining social protection within the Belizean context, financing, and cross-sectoral issues. Notable presentations were made by Cape Verde and Jamaica, who shared their insights and lessons learned while establishing their national Social Protection Systems. Blocks Panelist sit on…, Future Roadmap: The path to Belize’s first Social Protection Strategy, The Development of M&E framework, action plan, institutional arrangements, and the finalization of Belize's national social protection strategy, which encompasses the social protection floor, is anticipated by the end of May 2024, marking a crucial step towards bolstering the country's social protection system. The summit concluded with…, Belize Social Protection Summit Recap
14 August 2023

Peacebuilding and Think Equal in Belize’s National Curriculum Reform

“Everything you need to know…you learnt in kindergarten.” These thoughtful words were uttered by Dian Maheia, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, recognizing the significance of the formative years and the impact on a child’s personal development. If you reflect on your early influences the…, Think Equal Launched in Belize, Think Equal - two words, that convey a powerful concept. UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) convened to celebrate the milestone launch of the programme in Belize. For the first time in Belize’s history children, ages 5 and 6 years old, in Infant I and Infant II, across the country, will receive…, Kindness in Action – a lesson for Amaya, Some teachers are already seeing the early signs of the potential of Think Equal curriculum. Arcelia Espejo is an Infant II teacher at the St. Michael's Roman Catholic School in the Corozal district.  She’s been teaching at the school for five years and received her materials earlier this year. She shared her classroom observation of her student,…, Think Equal Curriculum– An Aid for Teachers, The programme also includes high-quality lesson plans and teaching aids to support teachers to bring the stories to life in the classroom. This aid has been well received by the teachers. Kimberly Heusner teaches at the Infant 1 level at Wesley Primary School in Belize City. She’s been in the classroom for 12 years and spoke enthusiastically about…