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Colonial Education: A History of Education in Belize

By Karla Lewis (Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign) Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000) ABSTRACT This paper discusses the education in Belize (formerly known as British Honduras) during the colonial era and the lasting impact of the educational foundation of the country. The paper examines the influence the British colonial educational system continues to have in. Belize, 20 years after independence. It gives an overview of the history of primary and secondary education in Belize. Although education existed in Belize well before the […]

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Education in Belize: A Legacy of Inaction 1

“A school is a place; people speak of ‘going to school’. Yet a school is not entirely bound by its building.” ~ Peter Senge, Nelda Cambron-McCabe et. al. Schools That Learn We are now living in the first month of 2016 and further into the 21st Century. I thank readers who follow my belizeguidance.blogspot.com and Guidance Counselor columns, especially for their comments on each article. Thank you readers from Belize and from developed and undeveloped countries around the world. Your comments, positive or negative, regarding education systems in Belize reflect a genuine concern over whether or not schools educate students […]


Working Together to Spread the Word about Bullying

An Interview with Guest Editors Shelly Hymel, Ph.D. and Susan Swearer, Ph.D. Bullying is an ever-present problem in the lives of school kids. There is not a day that goes by where we don’t hear from parents about a cruel bullying story – the 1st Grade Boy trapped in the Boys Bathroom, the 3rd Grade girl who is excluded from her former friends during every recess, the 5th Grade Boy who came home with a sign taped to his back that read “call me weirdo,” or the 8th Grade girl who was the victim of an untrue rumor that she […]


Education in Belize: Bullying in Schools / Need for Empathy

“Bullying… a public degradation ceremony in which the victim’s capabilities are debased and his or her identity is ridiculed.” – Alan McEvoy, Ph.D. October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention month each year in the USA. The entire month is dedicated to combating bullying in Primary/Elementary and Secondary schools — by placing a spotlight on, and educating others about bullying, in all its ugly forms. Whether physical, emotional, or digital, i.e. via online social media, bullying envelops its victims with many negative and harmful academic, social, and lifetime consequences. Is the pervasive problem of bullying in schools ever accidental, or […]


UnHappy Birthday Belize

I wanted to wait for the festivities to simmer down before I put my thoughts out to my fellow Belizeans. I do not know how you will receive my speech or how it will be scrutinized, but these are my heartfelt convictions. I heard some of the speeches and for the most part heard a lot of pretty flowers, shiny gems and smelt nice perfume that all masked the reality that our nation faces today, 33 years and a couple days old. I won’t go into the pretties too much, you know that is not me. My idea is to […]


SLU Hosts Summit To Discuss Education In Belize

August 3, 2014 A delegation of religious and education officials from the Central American country of Belize arrives in St. Louis Monday for a meeting of the minds with Saint Louis University faculty. The purpose of the conference is to determine ways that SLU students and faculty can provide training and support for St. Martin’s de Porres, a Jesuit parish and grade school in Belize City. Loyola Academy Founding Principal Tom Nolan has been volunteering at St. Martin’s for about two years. Now retired, he and a handful of other volunteers started a counseling center at the school, which is […]


Mike Vestal – Child Predator in Belize

Child Predator Each year, countless children around the world fall prey to sexual predators. These young victims are left with permanent psychological, physical, and emotional scars. When a recording of that sexual abuse is made or released onto the Internet, it lives on forever. It haunts the children depicted in it, who live daily with the knowledge that countless strangers use an image of their worst experiences for their own gratification. I do not comprehend the fact that anyone can come to Belize and just do as they please. In these crazy times where children are being hunted, we cannot […]


Belize Peopels Front Press Release on Sexual Exploitation of Children

The Belize People’s Front FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Marin Tel: 501 628-4498 Email: belizepeoplesfront@gmail.com THE EXPLOITATION OF OUR CHILDREN In light of a recent news article featured in several US news outlets and Belize’s local news Media – LoveFM that shows a US teacher on spring break visiting Belize to have sexual encounters with underage children. As per WFLA, a local Florida news agency: Federal authorities busted Thompson after they say he used Facebook to entice two teenage girls, 13 and 15, to have sex with him. The Belize People’s Front condemns these actions and hereby calls on Belizean […]


The War on Kids

The War on Kids is a 2009 documentary film about the American school system. The film takes a look at public school education in America and concludes that schools are not only failing to educate, but are increasingly authoritarian institutions more akin to prisons that are eroding the foundations of American democracy. Students are robbed of basic freedoms primarily due to irrational fears; they are searched, arbitrarily punished and force-fed dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The educational mission of the public school system has been reduced from one of learning and preparation for adult citizenship to one of control and containment. Filmmaker […]


Education in Belize: Strengthening the Balance, Part II (Leaders) 1

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant Last year November, I wrote an article to remind students and teachers alike of the importance of always maintaining and Strengthening the Balance between each other in the classroom and while at school.  Teachers and students will work productively and smoothly when they treat Education in the classroom as a two-way, not one-way, process.  In other words, despite what many people (especially parents who had limited schooling) may have believed in the past, or may still do, students are not sponges who merely go to school to soak up knowledge from […]