WASHINGTON D.C., May 10, 2023 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) welcomed Belize as its latest partner country today.
“We welcome Belize to the Global Partnership for Education and look forward to working with the government to ensure access to education and improve the quality of learning for all children in Belize,” said Laura Frigenti, GPE's Chief Executive Officer.
Guided by its Education Sector Plan 2021-2025 (BESPlan), the government of Belize is doubling its efforts to increase access to education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, strengthen the governance of the sector, transform teaching and learning and ensure education is relevant for the jobs of the future.
With support from GPE, the government of Belize established a local education group in October 2022 to support the coordination and implementation of the BESPlan. The group brings together state actors, development partners, civil society organizations, teachers, principals, parents, and youth to foster dialogue, collaboration, and joint problem-solving in the sector.
“The responsibility to deliver on this vision for education rests with all stakeholders, who comprise the entire country. Students, parents, teachers, principals, managements, the Ministry of Education, the Government of Belize, the private and NGO sectors, the religious and civil society communities, along with our international partners, all play a key role in the transformation of our education system,” said Hon. Louis Zabaneh, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Belize.
“Our commitment to education reform and to improving the quality of education services will now be further enhanced by this new partnership with GPE. We are grateful for our shared vision, which will support the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) in our decisions and our actions. Together, we will make a difference,” said Dian Castillo-Maheia, Chief Executive Officer of the MoECST.
Belize is eligible for a $5 million GPE Multiplier grant and up to $1.6 million for a system capacity grant.
About the Global Partnership for Education
GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world's learning crisis. We mobilize partners and funds to support nearly 90 lower-income countries to transform their education systems so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world.
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