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Twenty-five students of Escuela Secundaria Mexico receive scholarships Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00

The visit of Undersecretary, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba Gongora, and Executive Director of AMEXCID, Agustín García-López Loaeza, saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, AMEXICD.

In this MOU, 25 needy students of Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico, in Corozal, received half-scholarships to the school. In this part of the morning’s event, Ambassador Carlos Quesnel, Ambassador Patrick Jones, Deborah Domingo, CEO, Ministry of Education, and Carlos Castillo, Principal of Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico, sat at the head table which was surrounded by the recipients of the half-scholarships.

Ambassador Quesnel, Ambassador Gongora, Executive Director Gongora Loaeza, CEO Domingo, and Principal Castillo all shared inspirational words to those in attendance, with an emphasis on education as well as the benefit of the Belize-Mexico diplomatic relationship. If it were not for this diplomacy, many of our accomplishments would not have been accomplished and we would be behind in many facets of our development.

The MOU was signed by Agustín García-López Loaeza, on behalf of Mexico, and CEO Deborah Domingo on behalf of the Government of Belize. According to CEO Domingo, the ministry continues in its stride to increase the access of education for all students and the disbursement of these scholarships does just that. “For the Corozal District, when we started to look at our population in that particular area of the country we did not expect the population growth to be as much as it was.  When we took the time to look at where we have moved in five years, the population in Corozal grew by over thirteen percent.  Now just so we understand the scale of the challenge faced by the Ministry of Education that thirteen percent increase in population for the Corozal District was one of the lowest in our entire country.”

Following the signing of the MOU was the unveiling of the replica of an Olmec head, which weighs almost 19,000 pounds, in Belmopan City. The entire delegation attended the official showing of the head which sits at the center of the new roundabout near the hospital. The unveiling of the head signifies the history shared between Belize and Mexico. Ambassador Gongora shared, “We are not only neighbors we share a history which is reflected in the presence of the Olmecs and later the Mayas in this region but we also share values and a vision for development, for peace, for human rights for the rule of law and I think that is the relationship that needs to be continued to be strengthened.”

This visit represents a further example of the importance of the relationship between Belize and Mexico, which is reaffirmed as strategic partner and solidifies the bond of friendship between our peoples.