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Texas foundation takes financial literacy to Belize
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (8/25/10)--Courtney Nickles, executive director of the Texas Credit Union Foundation, traveled to Belize last week to lead two all-day workshops organized by several mission-driven organizations to help provide financial literacy and empower young people by teaching better decision-making skills. The workshops were geared to providing teachers and credit union educators with tools and information to institute financial education training in schools and communities, the foundation said. Nearly 50 teachers and participants discovered supplementary ideas and methods to bolster their financial literacy programs, said Carol Babb, deputy chief educations officer with the Belize Ministry of Education and Youth. “We are hoping that with this training, our teachers will develop some new ideas and strategies that will improve that aspect of the curriculum,” Baab said. “They were given a module, and we are hoping that they will take back that module along with the knowledge and skills that they have learned and do training with their staff, and then that information will be passed on to our students.” Using the National Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program (NEFE HSFPP), a seven-part training curriculum, Nickles provided an approach detailing every aspect of money management--from saving early to writing checks. Educators and presenters from NEFE, the Belize Credit Union League, and Holy Redeemer CU in Belize City, Belize, also participated in the workshop held at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Belize City. The workshops, held Aug. 17 and 18 educated teachers in southern Belize districts about the necessities surrounding financial comprehension and management.
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