Belize

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Overview

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.


Further information

For further general information see Wikipedia:Belize.


Education in Belize

For a general description of education in Belize see Education:Belize.


e-learning

For a description more focussed to e-learning see E-learning:Belize. 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).


Quality procedures

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

References

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)

Reports


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