Rural community development and local government officials participate in a two-day train-the-trainer workshop



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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2022. 9:13 a.m. CST.

Photo credit: Ministry of Community Development

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: Several Rural Community Development Officers (RCDOs) and Local Government Officers (LGOs) participated in the training of trainers workshop on Thursday and Friday.

The two-day workshop was organized by the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labor and Local Government at Kiki Witz, Belmopan, from 21-22 July.

“We are doing this training to ensure that we are able to undertake the work in rural areas far beyond to ensure poverty reduction, resilience of rural families and sustainable development,” said Valentino Shal, Director General of the Ministry of Community Development. at the opening of the workshop.

The Ministry of Community Development said the workshop provided officers “with the tools to effectively conduct village council and local government training to increase management effectiveness and development results.”

“The training precedes a broader plan to create a manual with the different modules to build the organizational capacities of village councils, water agencies and municipalities,” the ministry noted.

“The training program focuses on leadership, financial management, community development and proposal writing, among others. This new program will enable village councils to develop community development action plans, improve governance and become fully accountable to rural residents.

According to the Ministry of Community Development, rural community development officers oversee 194 village councils and 108 water boards while local government officers oversee the country’s nine municipalities.

It is expected that after this workshop, officers will be able to apply more appropriate and effective methodologies in training community leaders across the country.

“This initiative is part of the Government of Belize’s targeted approach to rural development, as outlined in Plan Belize,” the ministry said.

The training was led by Carolyn Hulse, an educator with over 30 years of experience. Hulse, who holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of North Florida and a bachelor’s degree from the University College of Belize, has extensive experience in leadership and change management and has taught at several schools in Belize . She has also served as Principal of Belize Christian Academy and Shepherd’s Academy in Belmopan.

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