Corozal, Cayo, Belize, Orangewalk, Stann Creek and Toledo


Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) and the Belize Ministry of Education


To open the doors of communication on relevant health issues in both primary and secondary schools

The QHO Belize Initiative has been partnering with the Ministry of Education in Belize since 1999. This year, QHO hired and trained ten Peer Educators (PE’s) from Queen’s University to teach and promote healthy lifestyle awareness in Belizean schools and communities for six weeks placements. The ten PE’s are divided into two teams, with six PE’s teaching in primary schools and the other four PE’s working in secondary schools. QHO is currently partnering with communities in three of the six Belizean districts, but the initiative rotates around the country based on feedback from the Ministry of Education. This year, Peer Educators will be teaching in Orange Walk Town, Belize City and Dangriga. The PE’s teach local prescribed Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum, which includes lessons on puberty, sexual health, mental health, bullying, peer pressure, healthy relationships, and combatting stigma associated with HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections. Additionally, the PE’s partner with local community organizations to further connect with individuals outside of the classroom. The Belize initiative is currently partnered with the Belize Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, the YWCA, and the Gateway Youth Centre, and it is looking to partner with new organizations this upcoming year.