Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Today was awesome!  A group of leaders left for Belize City on the water taxi at 6:30 am.  It took about an hour and a half to get there and along the way, Karen and I had a conversation with Herman (pseudonym), one of the boat mates.  A few minutes into the conversation it was obvious he is an advocate for education, believes the Belizeans should stay abreast of politics in the country, and strong supporter of government transparency.  Without revealing too much, he was unhappy with the way the finances of the country are being handled and wants them to change. He also shared that he watches the news faithfully and saw the latest media frenzy on the removal of the confederate flag in South Carolina.  According to him, that news was more of a distraction from the real issues and a way the media and government keeps people ignorant of the real challenges the country faces.  I found it interesting that he was aware of current events happening in other areas of the world, but then again, Americans watch news concerning other countries as well.  Hearing Belizeans refer to these issues really makes me realize how small our world really is.....

Working with teachers at the Technology Institute was such a rewarding experience.  No matter where we go, teachers are teachers.  They enjoy learning new things and this group fully engaged with us.  Our focus, engaging students, was well received.  They had all become good friends by the end of the day and were joking with each other mercilessly.  We also had the one teacher who took care of everyone, Michelle.  She was the "mother hen" of the group:)

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