Early Childhood Education Curriculum Specialist

Project Description

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) – Curriculum Unit in Belize has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Early Childhood Education Curriculum Specialists in various District Education Centres (DEC) and substations. MoECST has forged a partnership with the Peace Corps Belize Response Program to design and implement the Literacy Intervention Project. Since 2017, the partners have focused on the Standard One level. Recent data obtained from schools participating in the MoE/Peace Corps Literacy Intervention Project has unveiled a concerning trend: approximately 76% of Standard 1 (U.S. grade 2 equivalent) students are reading below the kindergarten level. In response to these findings, MoECST has expanded the scope of collaboration to providing crucial support to teachers at the Infant 1 and 2 (K-1) levels. The objective is to impart best practices in literacy instruction, aiming to proactively address challenges and mitigate the need for intervention as students progress into Standard 1.

The PCRVs will support the Ministry of Education to empower Infant 1 and 2 teachers with best practices in early childhood literacy, equipping young learners with essential building blocks for academic success. This strategic partnership aims to foster a proactive approach in ensuring that students enter higher grades with a solid foundation in literacy, thus improving overall educational outcomes.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Belize together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) – Curriculum Unit

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree with early childhood development component
• Three years of experience working in a school setting with students in early childhood education.
• Teaching license (active or inactive) OR professional experience as a professor of education or teacher educator
• Experience providing professional development training to teachers.
• Intercultural competence
• Emotional intelligence and maturity
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Belize

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