Education in Belize: Next Steps? 5

About Gustavo Ramirez

Gustavo A. Ramirez is an educationist with many years of experience in the field of education. He has worked in capacities as teacher and guidance counselor in secondary schools since 1978, and has been instrumental in incubating and nurturing guidance counseling through systems, curricula and people development, both in Belize and the United States. He writes several columns dealing with the constant need for adapting and embracing “change” in Belize’s Education systems. Ramirez holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology (Guidance Counseling) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin. He attended Holy Redeemer Boys School, St. John‘s College, and St. Michael’s College (Sixth Form/Junior College) in Belize City.

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  • CayoBuay

    You have brought us another article that truly touches on issues and decisions Belize faces daily. At this point we all as Belizeans face the same fork in the road, we all must ask ourselves what do we do next? Unless you have been living under a rock, we all know what the issues are that are affecting us are and we all know what to do about them. The problem however is that most people do not want to take the risk to do even a small part to start the ball rolling.

    I posted once about “Not my job”:

    This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

    There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got upset about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

    One of the main things that is needed in Belize to bring our Education system into the current times and start to prepare our students for the future is to stop creating robots by making students memorize things and go through school in a linear path where there is no room for anything other than what you are told. Second we need to remove Education system from being ran by international organizations that may never have set foot in Belize as well as to refrain from copy/pasting manuals and other materials. Next we need to invest in modern technology in schools.

    On a whole people need to step up and start self educating, but they prefer to be on Facebook or reading noise online (like which celebrity is having an affair and such). Until the people themselves become willing to take that next step and change themselves and start to change their environment; nothing will change.

    • Helen Fields

      Dear CayoBuay, I have subscribed to Mr. Ramirez blog, and been following it, which led to your letter. I am a teacher of middle school social studies in Vermont(US) and want to begin a collaboration with insightful educators outside the US. My neighbor has been travelling to Belize, and convinced me that I should visit there. My husband and I (in our 60s and teaching for 10 years) have been initiating progressive change in education here in Vermont; myself in social studies (studying ancient civilizations, including Maya, looking for what makes a ‘good’ civilization); Stephen in Sustainability. We have both been struggling successfully to bring food justice issues, sustainable living, and technology as a means to social justice and economic parity. We started the school garden program, and work with others to bring project-based authentic learning into educating our students. Our student populations is 67% poverty, by US standards; I believe many struggle with the same issues children face in other nations.
      We are coming to Belize in the spring, and wonder if you know of any teachers who would be willing to meet with us to share like-minded educational reform visions. Someone in my Twitter world has mentioned that El Progresso has an internet site in the town, and that there might be educator(s) there. Since your account says you are from El Progresso, I thought I would start there.
      Thanks for any help you can offer.


      Helen Fields (and Stephen Greene)

      • FWB


        Thanksfor the reply. We know several educators in Belize and would be more than happy to link you with them. I will contact them and email you with more information as soon as I can.

        • Helen Fields

          Thanks for your quick response! I will check out the Facebook page, and look forward to hearing from others. This is very good news!