By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Thirteen students from around the country gathered at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall on Friday to compete in the first ever National Fr. Marion Ganey Quiz Competition.
The competition, hosted by the Belize Credit Union League in collaboration with member credit unions countrywide and the Ministry of Education, was held under the theme “Elucidate, Educate, Enhance.”
At the event, students from the Standard Four and Five grade levels answered questions on matters pertaining to financial literacy, and knowledge of national and regional credit unions.
The competition was held in commemoration of International Credit Union Day, which was celebrated on Thursday, October 15th under the Theme “People Helping People”.
“This quiz competition aims to empower students through increased awareness of the Credit Union Movement in Belize and to enhance financial literacy at the Primary School Level”, the BCL said on Friday.
Participating schools include: Concepcion Presbyterian School and Mary Hill R.C. School of Corozal, as well as San Pedro R.C. School, representing St. Francis Xavier Credit Union; Louisiana Government School, from Orange Walk, representing La Immaculada Credit Union; Holy Redeemer Primary School Belize district, representing Holy Redeemer Credit Union; Eden SDA Primary (Santa Elena) Cayo, and Immaculate Conception R.C., representing St. Martin’s Credit Union; Sacred Heart R.C. and Christ the King Anglican both from Stann Creek, representing St. John’s Credit Union, San Pedro Columbia R.C., and St. Benedict Primary Toledo, representing Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union.
The competition was held in honour of Fr. Marion Ganey, who came to Belize in 1936 and settled in Punta Gorda (PG). Ganey, seeing the needs of the residents of PG, started the Credit Union Movement by forming the St. Peter Claver Credit Union, the first ever credit union in Belize, on August 3, 1943.