Fri, 11/09/2012 - 11:31

Dear Minister Faber,
Greetings from Alberta, Canada where winter his upon us.  We dream of the warm sea breezes in Belize...

The purpose of this correspondence is 3 fold:        1. Two invitations      2. Information and updates on Belize Literacy Program      3. Internet Access – we need your help! 

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 13:56

John Vrolijk posted on facebook
9:32am Oct 10

The District 5370 Belize Playground Committee needs your help. We are having a work bee on Saturday, Oct. 13th from 10 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. to prepare the playground equipment for shipment to Belize. The location is near Fort Saskatchewan and car pooling will be arranged. If you plan to attend, please contact Wendy Andrews at 780-231-3105 or John Vrolijk.  We need strong bodies and folks who can use a drill with a ¾” drill bit. Please bring the cordless drills and the bits. We are labeling each piece of equipment with a metal tag for powder coating purposes and loading onto a truck.

Mon, 08/20/2012 - 16:37

Belize Literacy Program Conducts Technology and Curriculum Workshops in Belize, August 2012
Thirteen teachers from District 5370 travelled to Belize early in August to work with teachers and administrators in Belize.  Sandra Gluth and her team of volunteer facilitators led Learning with Technologies Workshops throughout the country.
Another team of seven facilitators, led by Greg Wondga, led Off to a Good Start workshops for selected Belizean leaders – sharing best practices and new insights on engaging Belizean students in mathematics and science. The primary mathematics and science curriculum documents (created with the assistance of the Belize Literacy Program) are now complete and 60 schools have been identified to begin implementation at specific levels.
Hurricane Ernesto visited Belize briefly while our teachers were there. Those who were near the coast went inland until Ernesto moved on.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:37

Learning with technologies workshops
Check out this amazing workshop developed for Belize educators by Sandra Gluth and her team of talented volunteer facilitators.  Be sure to follow all the links to access Power Points and various resources used in summer CPD Belize workshops. The Belize Literacy workshops will be held in six sites throughout the country starting August 6th for 2 weeks. We anticipate a minimum of 40 teachers/leaders per site who will receive this training, for a total of 240.


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 14:12

1. Currently, in Belize,  there is a national average repetition (retention) rate at the primary school level of 7%, with the greatest average repetition occurring at Infants 1 and 2 (13% and 8% respectively). 
2.  At the secondary school level there appears to be a national “drop-out” rate of approximately 43% between Forms 1 (Grade 9) and 4 (grade 12). Research has yet to determine the reasons for this, but form failure is likely to be a significant cause.
3. At the primary level, 1/3 of all children who sit the national Primary School Examination fail to score above 50%, with rural children scoring below 40%. The national average is 56.25 %.
4. Nationally, approximately 40% of all primary school teachers are trained.
5. At the secondary level only 33% of all teachers are trained.
6. There are very few trained pre-school teachers in the country – and only one institution provides Early Childhood/pre-school teacher education country-wide.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 14:09

Thirteen highly skilled facilitators from District 5370  will be supporting principal and teacher professional development in Belize this summer (August, 2012) working in six districts across the country and addressing two areas: technology and learning; and curriculum implementation.
The Learning With Technology Workshop will help teachers to use technology effectively in the classroom so that students can acquire literacy skills that go beyond traditional approaches to literacy, as described in the introduction on the website:

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 11:42

Summer workshops in Belize (August 6 - 17th)

Thirteen highly skilled facilitators will be supporting principal and teacher professional development in Belize this summer working in six districts across the country and addressing two areas:

1.  technology and learning - see website below and,
2.  curriculum implementation  (Note: Belize Primary mathematics and science curriculum has now been completed and 60 schools have been identified to begin putting these curricula into practice)

This is email is a snapshot of some the detailed planninng that is taking place


Hello technology facilitators!

The technology facilitator web site is now complete and up and running at

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 07:34

As discussed at the Rotary meeting on Thursday June 28, 2012, below is the email with details on our needs.
Just so we are all on the same page: you mentioned your need to ship out refurbished computers and that your usual channels were already filled.  Based on that, I mentioned to the Belize Literacy Program folks – as it turns out the program does not need the refurbished computers; however, what the program would benefit most from would be parts (indicated in the email below).

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 14:13

Congratulations Randy, Kursten and LWB Committee

Check out this National Coverage on radio, TV and print from the work of Literacy Without Borders this past week in Belize. Many thanks to all of our friends and supporters in District 5370, including the Rotary Club of Edmonton, Mayfield Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Edmonton Sunrise for making this possible!

Video clips to follow on our website:

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 09:47

Calmar Interact Club Hopkins Belize, CA Playground Build Project 2012

About this video
"This video is of the Calmar Interact Club youth with Rotary International building a playground in Hopkins, Belize CA. A true project of service to others. If you are interested in supporting future projects that this club pursues in making a difference you are welcome to send a monetary donation made out to: Calmar Interact Club mailed to Box 334 Calmar Alberta T0C0V0."