6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are

2012 Update

 

Belize has made significant progress in primary education, particularly in relation to net enrolment. Challenges to achieving this MDG have included: a lack of adequate data which continues to be a concern, including the mapping of the 5 per cent of children still out of primary school; and the recruitment and the retention of qualified teachers.

Successes

 

Accordingly with 2010 data census figure, the net enrolment has significantly increased reaching 95 per cent in 2011.

Priorities

The Government is rolling out the Quality School Initiative aimed at improving the quality of education through a bottom up approach. The initiative encourages schools, through self-evaluation to define self-improvement plans. Pilot schools are then given some resources to address the challenges they have identified.

Strengthening public-private partnerships aimed at mobilising financial resources in support of the Quality School Initiatives is a priority.

The Ministry of Education is also planning to increase the scope of its school feeding programmes. One programme is currently being rolled out in Belize River Valley area (targeting 300 students) and another programme is being launched in the Belize City South Side (targeting 500 students).

UNDP's work in Belize

National MDG Target Achievement

GOAL 2: ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION

Summary Scorecard - Belize Achievements and Challenges at a Glance

Goals, Targets and Indicators

Baseline

2009

Target 2015

Progress to 2015

 

 

Target

Achievement

 

 

Target 3: Ensure complete Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

Net enrolment rate in Primary Education (%)

90.3 (1992)

92

83.7 (2008/09)

100

Not on track

Proportion of pupils entering Grade 1 G1, reaching 8 (%)

87.2 (2000)

93.6

91.9 (2009)

100

Not on track

Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds (%)

70.3 (1992)

90.6

94.7 (2006)

100

Well on track; surpassed target for 2009

 

1.1 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men