In his address, Prime Minister John Briceňo announced, “The objective of this program is to help students to think of innovative ways to solve challenges concerning their finances. It is anticipated that the ideals imparted during this program will have a lasting and positive effect on these students’ education and in time will impact their quality of life and that of their communities.”
U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones noted, “Smart money management begins at any and every age. Our partner schools are located in Southside Belize City, an area with great potential but perhaps historically disadvantaged for youth whose big dreams include financially prosperous paths. Expanding the number of “money smart” individuals in an underserved community can be transformative and can lead to improved local investments, job opportunities, and innovations that drive lower crime rates, and a higher quality of life for everyone.”
Peacework Belize Director Dr. Carol Babb in her remarks emphasized, “Financial literacy is a life skill that must be taught to achieve financial independence.”
Today’s closing ceremony coincides with National Financial Literacy Month, which is dedicated to bringing awareness to the need for more financial literacy education in schools. Since 2020, the U.S. government has contributed approximately U.S. $62,800,000 in direct and indirect economic development assistance to Belize.