Where

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

Partners

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

Focus

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. Each year, QHO hires and trains eight 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 eight PE's are divided into two teams, with four PE’s teaching in primary schools and the other four PE's working in secondary schools. QHO is currently partnering with communities in four of the six Belizean districts, but the initiative rotates around the country based on feedback from the Ministry of Education and on a needs basis. 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 plan and implement weekly outreach events to further connect with individuals outside of the classroom. The Belize initiative currently partners with the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the YWCA, and it is always looking to partner with and learn from new organizations in the communities in which the PE’s work.