We are very excited to kick off the first Training of Facilitators in Belmopan, Belize tomorrow (16th June) the second road safety training run by YOURS and in the Caribbean region. The training is coordinated by the Government of Belize (GOBZ) with a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and is set to train 18 young leaders in youth and road safety issues who will subsequently reach over 2000 young people in the coming year.
A joint project of the Caribbean Development Bank, the Government of Belize; Department of Finance, Department of Youth Services, the Belize Road Safety Corridor project and YOURS will see the realization of a two week Training of Facilitators for Road Safety starting next tomorrow (16th June 2014) in Belmopan, the capital of Belize. It builds on our previous work in the Caribbean with the VYBZING Forum held in Saint Lucia 2013 entitled; 'Road Safety: Save a Life Save a Future'
The training will bring together 18 youth leaders specially selected for the road safety training who will commit two weeks to an intensive road safety theory and practical workshops focusing on many aspects of road safety from the scope of the road safety problem in the world, the Caribbean and Belize down to facilitation skills, the fundamentals of human learning and much much more.
The training is all set to kick off tomorrow at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development - Belmopan.
Mr. Glen McCarvell, Operations Officer (Civil Engineer), CDB, notes, “Road traffic injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in Belize. Of these, youth comprise 30 per cent of road crash fatalities, with young males specifically, accounting for 90 per cent. Through this project we aim to increase youth’s understanding of road safety, and youth-related issues surrounding the safe use of Belize’s road network. In particular, the project seeks to catalyse behavioural change in young males, while equipping all participants with the knowledge needed, and assisting with the development of the skills required, to implement their own road safety activities.”
Floor Lieshout, Director of YOURS said: "We are thrilled about this contract and thank the CDB and Belize Government for the trust in our organisation. We are looking forward to our collaboration, and can't wait to kick off the project and work with the wonderful youth of Belize."
Of course, you can expect regular updates in the typical YOURS style so stay tuned!