Country Profile: BELIZE

24 months

34 trained facilitators

2000+ youth reached

 

Road Safety Statistics

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Sustainable Youth Empowerment



One of our massive successes in capacity development and empowering youth is the two year programme established in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Belize (GOBZ).

Having seen our ground breaking workshops in action at the VYBZING Forum in Saint Lucia, CDB approached YOURS to help them reach their goals to educate and inspire young people to take road safety action in Belize. These efforts were part of the Bank’s wider all-encompassing road safety project, which focuses on improving Belize’s infrastructure, emergency response, enforcement and education.

YOURS realized this mission by establishing a strong partnership with the government, universities, youth groups and media and to train 34 young facilitators over two years. We trained two cohorts, one in 2014 - one in 2015, and took young leaders from Belize through the full YOURS interactive workshop experience. These facilitators successfully trained a futher 2000+ youth in road safety by the end of 2015.

"The Belize programme implemented
by YOURS is an excellent example of
investment translating into positive outcomes."

"It has exceeded expectations in terms of the numbers of youth trained and the degree to which their knowledge of risks has improved.”

 

Glen McCarvell

Operations Officer - Caribbean Development Bank

Workshop Delivery in Belize

Discover our work with the incredible Belizean youth.

Every workshop begins with a strong partnership

Our signature workshops did not become successful or award-winning over night. Every single Training of Facilitators, Youth and Road Safety Workshop or Stand-Alone session requires dilligent work behind the scenes to ensure we have the best partners on board offering the strongest support for our youth leaders.

In Belize, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) was the initiator of the programme and approached YOURS to educate young people in Belize as part of the wider road safety project in the country. We partnered with the Government of Belize, which consisted of several departmental collaboration; Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Project Management Unit and the Statistical Institute of Belize. Because of the close collaboration and the input of our local partners, YOURS could develop training materials matching the local needs and expectations.

Together with our local partners we installed a robust recruitment process and develop plans to realize the target of reaching 2,000+ youth across the country as agents of change and multipliers of road safety knowledge.

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The overall objectives of the programme

  • Increase young people´s understanding of road safety, and youth-related issues in Belize;
  • Inspire and motivate young men and women to become actively involved in preventing road traffic injuries;
  • Build the knowledge and develop the skills of Belizean youth leaders in order for them to implement their own road safety activities:

    • Adequately equip 2 cadres of 15 male and female youth leaders in order them to facilitate public awareness around the road safety risk factors (speeding, drink and drug driving, distracted driving and the use of seatbelts) in Belize’s high schools and to youth aged 16‑29 not in the school system.
    • Through this, it is anticipated that 2,000 youth will be empowered with a new understanding of the risks they face in using Belize’s roads and equipped with tools, good practice and behaviours to mitigate these.

Road safety education reinvented

It's no secret that young people experience life differently to their parents and the older generations, so then why do so many workshops assume that young people want to sit through an old school style of learning? We've experienced it ourselves, sitting through hours of presentations, speech after speech and talk after talk. If we really want to engage with young people, we know this is not the way! Therefore YOURS is using a highly interactive and enagaging methodology while delivering workshops.

In Belize, we worked with our local partners to select the most approriate road safety topics relevant to the lives of young people but also reflective of the road safety situation in the country, based on official statistics. All topics are facilitated by our master trainers who bring their years of experience to make road safety topics accessible, engaging and fun.

The topics covered in the Belize programme included:

  1. Facilitation Skills
  2. Peer Education
  3. Fundamentals of Human Learning
  4. Scope of the Road Safety Problem Internationally and in Belize
  5. Youth and Road Traffic Injuries
  6. How Crashes Happen
  7. Key Risk Factors in Road Safety: Speeding, Drink and Drug Driving, Seatbelts and Distracted Driving
  8. Gender impacts; roles; stereotypes; and masculinities and masculine behaviour on roads
  9. Communication and Public Speaking Skills
  10. Team and Trust Building
  11. Project Cycle - Developing a Road Safety Project
  12. Developing a Youth and Road Safety Workshop
  13. Evaluation methods

Don't just take our word for it...

 

 

Results and Impact

Since undergoing the YOURS training and organizing themselves as Belizean Youths for Road Safety (BYRS), our young facilitators have continued to make incredible strides for road safety in the country. Having reached all of their target of face-to-face workshops with 2000+ young people, BYRS have reached tens of thousands of young people throughout the country. Some highlights over the two years have included:

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  • Yearly training of new police recruits on road safety issues facing youth
  • Training across Belize schools, primary and secondary
  • Collaboration with Transport Research Laboratory on delivering a road safety curriculum for primary school teachers
  • Creative road safety campaigning; video contests, tv spots
  • Peer messaging at fesitvals, expos and exhibitions
  • Road safety radio shows

 

Not only have these young people become strong campaigners for road safety, they have also taken a seat on the National Road Safety Board in the country, created new road safety materials as well as delivered workshops across the whole country! But action is only as good as its impact, the Government of Belize representatives have reported that since the workshops, there have been less young people killed and injured on Belize's roads. For consecutive years, young people remained the biggest affected group in the country in terms of road crashes and injuries this has for the first time changed with youth affected reduced (Government of Belize, Road Safety Project Management Unit 2016 reports).


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