Belize is one of the greatest places in the world to raise children. I have two children. One is 26 now and the other one is 22. I'm bringing up another one who is 8 years old and I have another one who is 18.
Of my two older children, one of them lives with me now, but my oldest lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. They've had great lives. The education system here in Belize is very good. Academically, it's excellent. When it comes to sports it’s lacking, but that's not important to me. Academics is far more important. And they do really well. No problems at all.
Mostly what happens is that school for the first six years is run by the churches, so in my case my kids went to the Catholic school. One of the reasons we chose a Catholic school is that their mother was Catholic, but we also chose it because of all the religious schools, it's the best. I guess they get the best teachers because they pay more money, but I'm not sure about that.
After that there are high schools, which they call college here. Even though they’re public schools, you have to pay for them to go (I believe, around US $400 per year), and it's very good. These schools are very difficult, very strenuous, and if you make it, great. But if you don't then you have to go to another school where you can start all over again.
We live in a town outside of Corozal, with a population of about 12,000 people. I think that a lot of what’s going on in North America is trickling down here. For example, my 8 year old now plays around with her laptop, phone, etc. all the time.
From the time that they start school to the time that they finish school, the students here wear uniforms, every day. Nobody is any better or any less than the next person, which is important. I know they tried that in the States, and I think it's truly important. I don't think it's fair for someone to go to school wearing $500 to $600 worth of clothing and the next kid has $50 worth of clothing. So here in Belize, everybody wears uniforms. It’s all straight forward. What college you’re from, what high school you’re from, etc. determines your uniform.
(School kids from August Pine Ridge, Belize in their uniforms, pictured.)