In 2008, we launched a program to send our interns and high-performing staff to work with the children in Belize City – a city experiencing great poverty and economic depression due to complex social and economic factors including lack of employment opportunities and limited resources.
“Project Belize” is an innovative international experience that ties to our broader commitment to youth education and leadership development. In July 2011, PwC sent 200 partners, staff, and interns to Belize to lead financial literacy and entrepreneurship camps at 10 schools, provide needed training to teachers and school administrators, including financial literacy and computer skills training, and build sustainable learning landscape playgrounds providing students the opportunity to learn through play.
The program makes a lasting academic and socioeconomic impact on the children, and it also gives our people an opportunity to demonstrate responsible leadership as they develop and share their skills, inspire children, and support teachers.
Over the years of the program, we have impacted thousands of students, enhanced school grounds, and built learning resources centers, complete with libraries and computer access. Perhaps what’s more enduring are the relationships PwC has developed with the Belizean community, including the Ministry of Education and the US Ambassador to Belize. The program will be expanded in 2012 and, as we work to build a legacy of our involvement, will now include retired partners among the mix of attendees. This will allow another generation of PwC people to collectively change the lives of a community.
Some highlights of this program include:
Read more at www.pwc.com/projectbelize