We are based in Punta Gorda with the TFABB team, who is conducting training classes nearby for the three hundred or so Belizean teachers and principals of the Toledo school district. Every day begins with the long but manageable walk to the school.
The school where the workshops are held is right on the coast. The beautiful ocean view makes the long hot days tolerable. In the distance you can see the coast of Guatemala.
I am impressed with the warmth that the Belizean people have towards the TFABB volunteers. Hugs, cheers and even a few tears fill the room where hundreds of teachers and principals sign up (and pay) for seminars and clinics conducted by TFABB volunteers and specially trained locals. I over hear many conversations in which the local teachers discuss how previous clinics have significantly improved their teaching skills and the learning experience for their students. I can't wait to get into the villages to speak directly to the students and teachers.
All believe the collaborative nature of the mission as well as the consistency of the program has been key to its success. The goal is to fully train an army of teachers to take over the TFABB model. The program is tweaked as the needs change. In addition to the training, TFABB provides books and supplies to the district. The teachers and principals pay for the training as well as the essentials supplied by the team.
CFTWF will return to Belize in Late 2009 or mid 2010 to continue shooting.
Our next assignment will be in the villages to highlight life of the rural Mayan
population and the progress TFABB is making there. We will meet local
principles Juan Chub and Geraldo, as well as the teachers and school
children of their villages.
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