Belize is a small country on the Northeastern part of Central America. Belize is a place filled with mountains, swamps, and jungles. In fact, the southern half of the country contains the Maya Mountains. The population of Belize mainly consists of people of mixed ancestry; many of them are of Mayan and Spanish ancestry. People of British and African descent (also known as Creole) also make up a sizable amount of Belize’s ethnic composition. This shows that Belize is a country with a great history of ethnic diversity. Belize’s economy mainly consists of sugar cane and citrus exports to the US. Unlike other developing countries, not a lot of Belize’s land area is dedicated to agriculture. For this reason, its economy is not as developed as it could be if its land was utilized for more agriculture. More than 9/10 of the population (14 or older) of Belize is literate. This does not mean, however, that every student is getting the proper education they need. There is still a large gap between students who get a good education, and students who’s education is more limited.
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Strive2Thrive Edu promotes the idea of quality education for all, no matter who someone is and where they are from. Our goals directly line up with the UN’s sustainable development goals. The idea of quality education for students in Belize lines up with UN sustainable development goal number 4. In Belize, we teach students business, finance, economics, and other vocational and extracurricular programs. We at Strive2Thrive Edu are able to work with these students through our partnerships with various other organizations and schools all over the world. (UN Sustainable Development Goal 17) In Belize, we are partnered with a girls’ children’s home, where we promote women’s empowerment through various programs. This allows the girls to be successful in the future, and promotes a new generation of gender equality (UN Sustainable Goal 5). Along with gender equality, Strive2Thrive Edu also promotes the idea of helping to close the socio-economic gap. Students in richer areas of any country tend to receive better quality education than those who live in underserved communities. By partnering with this school in Belize and other schools and organizations in other countries, we can effectively help close this socio-economic gap.