For entities in Belize see Category:Belize
Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country in Central America. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. Although Kriol and Spanish are also widely spoken among the populace, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. It is bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and the Caribbean sea to the east. With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 320,000 people (2008 est.), the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world. However, the country's population growth rate, 2.21% (2008 est.), is the highest in the region and one of the highest in the western hemisphere.
Belize is culturally unique among Central American nations. It is the only nation in Central America with a British colonial heritage, and is the only constituent nation of the Commonwealth of Nations in its region. Culturally, Belize considers itself to be both Caribbean and Central American by sensibility. Much like the Anglophone nations of the Caribbean, its history has been touched by the slave trade and sugar production; however, it also maintains a vibrant indigenous Mayan and Garifuna culture.
For further general information see Wikipedia:Belize.
Education in Belize
Ministry of Education
http://www.moe.gov.bz/site/ (English, under construction)
Their mission is to create an education system that promotes equality, ensures access and demands quality. This is in keeping with the Government's national vision for a Belize that is socially just, peaceful, prosperous and globally competitive.
http://www.governmentofbelize.gov.bz/ministry_details.php?ministry_id=15 (English) It is showing similar information than the one in the Ministry of Education website.
For a general description of education in Belize see Education:Belize.
Universities in Belize
http://www.governmentofbelize.gov.bz/ab_social_serv.html (English, the closest that I found to an Official List)
Advanced training is provided to Belizeans in the professional and technical fields at Belize's first university, the University College of Belize, which opened in 1986. The University of the West Indies maintains a School of Continuing Education (SCE) in Belize City. http://www.uwi.edu/territories/belize.aspx
There is a well-equipped library service. It has its headquarters in the Baron Bliss Institute in Belize City and 74 service points scattered throughout the country. Remote areas are serviced by a mobile library. The Bliss Institute is maintained and operated by the Government in order to encourage cultural activities.
University of Belize - http://www.ub.edu.bz/ (English)
- Galen University - http://galen.edu.bz/moodle/ (English)
- American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
- Central America Health Sciences University
Virtual initiatives in schools
The Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development funded and helped organise a Belize Literacy Program, the second phase of which aimed towards a model of 'distributed learning' involving the use of distance learning, driven in part by ICT, to help reduce the number of school drop-outs by opening up multiple avenues of learning. Project page with link to powerpoint presentation with further information: http://crcid.org/BelizeLiteracy.html
Galen University’s Virtual Campus
In an effort to enhance already existing web technology at Galen University, the Virtual Campus was created. This approach does not replace traditional face-to-face classes but supplements them. This tool will be useful to both online and traditional courses offered at Galen University.
Virtual and distance higher education in the Anglophone Caribbean
Only three countries, British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis, have more than 10% of its population connected, while Belize and Guyana are the lowest percentages.
In another effort to accomplish its institutional vision, the University of Belize presents this website to the community. This marks the starting point in the path of E-Learning. At the beginning, this initiative entails the offering of a few courses in the on-line format. Eventually, other courses will be offered in this modality.
University of the West Indies
Through its virtual campus, the University of the West Indies, has introduced programmes of study leading to award of degrees at both the Bachelors and Masters level which fully utilise distance mode of delivery. Students are able to enroll in these programmes through the University’s School of Continuing Education in Belize City. These programmes engage the use of online classes, some face to face sessions and printed materials. Currently local enrollment is small, however the programmes offering teacher education degrees receive much more interest and maintain higher enrollment than other courses.
Belize participates in the MOOC Camp initiative, which is led by the US Department of State and hosts facilitated discussions around massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Internet in Belize
Only three countries in the Anglophone Caribbean, British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis, have more than 10% of their population connected, while Belize and Guyana have the lowest percentages. (1)
Internet in Education
Copyright law in Belize
Copyright law in Education
OER Initiatives in Belize
Belize is part of the Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA), which promotes the use of OERs in education. COMOSA helped in the creation of Gwen Lizarraga High School, the first open school in Belize in August 2013.
Belize Literacy Program - This is a program running since 2008, funded and at least partly organised by The Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development, the second phase of which aimed towards a model of 'distributed learning' involving the use of distance learning, driven in part by ICT, to help reduce the number of school drop-outs by opening up multiple avenues of learning. The project uses a database application to provide online access to the national primary school curricula in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts and associated learning and assessment resources to teachers and students in six primary schools country-wide. (2) Project page with link to powerpoint presentation with further information: http://crcid.org/BelizeLiteracy.html
National OER initiatives
Regional OER initiatives
Institutional OER initiatives
1. ReVica/VISCED page for Belize (http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Belize)
2. ReVica/VISCED page on Belize Literacy Program (http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Belize_Literacy_Program)