Over 120 Educators, Ministry of Education Officers, and other stakeholders received training in Restorative Practices in four workshops sponsored by the Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) Project.
The two-day workshops took place at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel from October 31st to November 3rd; two workshops ran simultaneously from October 31st to November 1st, and another two from November 2nd to 3rd.
The Opening Session took place on October 31st and Dr. Candy Armstrong, Director of the Education Support Services Unit of the Ministry of Education delivered Opening Remarks.
The provision of training in Restorative Practices falls under the Alternative Dispute Resolution component of the IMPACT Justice Project and is intended to expose educators to alternate methods of resolving disputes in schools, whether these disputes arise amongst students, students and teachers and even amongst teachers themselves. The objective of the training is to ultimately reduce the instances of violence and bullying in schools, improve behaviour, improve leadership, restore relationships and repair harm.
This training, which was provided under a partnership between IMPACT Justice and the Ministry of Education, Belize, was facilitated by the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) Canada.