Seven Springs Rotary Awarded International Grant for Training of Teachers, Principals in Belize

Thanks to a major humanitarian grant from the Rotary Foundation, local community members will travel to Belize this summer to assist PathLight International in efforts to train educators and stock a local media resource center with books and other educational supplies.

The grant, awarded to the Seven Springs Rotary Club, will allow for over $100,000 to go towards the project, spearheaded by the Club's Director of lnternational Projects and former faculty member of Pasco-Hernando State College, Dr. David Barzelay.

The project includes a general training program for 250 teachers and 50 principals, respectively, in the capital city of Belmopan and in Belize City for a total of 600 Belizean professional educators trained. The project also would create specialized training for the Belizean principals on classroom management, best practices and critical thinking skills.

The successful partnership also includes the Belize Ministry of Education and PathLight International, a nonprofit organization. The project will use a "Teacher Training" model developed by PathLight, in bringing well-qualified US teachers to Belize to train a cadre of Belizean teachers who will pass the training along to the next generation.