Positive Action to Reduce Violence in Belize
In Belize City, 25% of boys and 30% of girls under age 17 report having been exposed to some form of crime or violence. Without proper education, they lack the necessary resilience to overcome challenges, which causes them to drop out of school, join gangs, and become involved in illegal activities.
To help put a stop to this cycle of violence and crime, the Government of Belize began a partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2011 to implement Positive Action in both primary and secondary schools in marginalized urban areas in the 2011‐2012 school year.
Unlike traditional violence prevention programs that tend to focus only on correcting frowned upon behaviors such as drug use, Positive Action promotes all aspects of child development by supporting social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive development.
Teachers, counselors and administrators work with children to develop a broad spectrum of skills aimed at building character and fostering resilience, such as a strong self‐concept, physical self‐care (e.g., proper nutrition, exercise and hygiene), critical thinking skills, personal responsibility and self‐control, relationship building, honesty and integrity, and continuous self-improvement.
"We may not be able to save every child from violence, but we can give them the tools they need to resiliently overcome it." - IDB Representative