Skills for the Future (BL-L1044): Project Profile

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2023

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Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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Aware of the value of skill development, Belize has invested heavily in education, making access at the primary level almost universal and investing in teacher training. Although education reforms take time to translate into achievement gains, some improvements were recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the skill gap in foundational skills. Between the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years, the proportion of 8th grade (standard 6) students who obtained a competent score in English language improved from 17.7% to 21.6%. In mathematics, over the same period the proportion of 8th grade students with a competent score increased from 23.2% to 25.1%. Despite substantive efforts made by the Government of Belize to provide distance learning, COVID-19 related school closures led to a decrease in the rate of learning compared to that of previous years. In line with international trends, large losses were recorded in foundational skills.

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teacher training, education reform, skill development

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