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Left Behind – Missing Parents – pt 2

China Daily had an article about this that included the following graphic that depicts exactly the issue: The Impact of Migration on Children in the Caribbean UNICEF Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Caroline Bakker, Martina Elings-Pels and Michele Reis Executive summary Caribbean societies have a high degree of mobility, exporting the largest proportion of its constituent population in percentage terms, in the world.(1)Reis, 2008, Country Assessment report: Dominica, UNICEF Internal Document In many English speaking Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the number of migrants per population outnumbers by ten the world’s average figure. Over the past four decades, […]


Left Behind – Missing Parents – pt 1

China Daily had an article about this that included the following graphic that depicts exactly the issue: Children without parental care in the Caribbean Systems of protection Patricia Lim Ah Ken November 2007 ABSTRACT Long term residential institutional is detrimental to children’s well being, this is a proven fact. Studies conducted globally have confirmed the damages that children placed in residential institutional care sustain. Although the actual numbers of children who reside in institutions fluctuates regularly, the figures gathered at any one time are still alarming, for example there are an estimated one million children in institutional care across Europe(1)Browne, […]


Curfews hurt societies not help   Recently updated !

I’ll try to keep this short and sweet to get the conversation started. I want society to start thinking of what is actually driving the issues we face in Belize and how we can properly address them and help our future generations get out of the mud into a better future. First off, what is a curfew? The word “curfew” comes from the French phrase “couvre-feu“, which means “fire cover”. It was later adopted into Middle English as “curfeu”, which later became the modern “curfew”. The stated goal of most curfew laws is twofold: to prevent juvenile crime and to […]


Between these lines

by GLENN TILLETT · TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017 Pablo Saul Marin, Belize’s current minister of health, has an opportunity now to re-structure the provision of dialysis services in Belize with a view to making it equitable, accessible and affordable. I’ve been told he does have a plan. I haven’t seen or read or been apprised of what that plan is, and therefore cannot form any opinion as to its consequentialities but as one of the almost 100 Belizean citizens who must have dialysis or face certain death, I am all ears. Currently, as I have been told by several persons […]


Human Rights in Belize – Rights of the Child   Recently updated !

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY [without reference to a Main Committee (A/54/L.84)] 54/263. Optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography H.E. Mr. Said Musa Prime Minister of Belize The General Assembly, Recalling all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child, in particular its resolution 54/149 of 17 December 1999, in which it strongly supported the work of the open-ended inter-sessional working groups and urged them to finalize their work before the tenth anniversary of […]


The Right to Food in Belize Part One

The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement. – General Comment 12 (CESCR) The Constitution of Belize does not explicitly guarantee the right to adequate food. Belize has become a State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2015 by way of ratification.[pullquote]A child who dies from hunger is a murdered child. – Jean Ziegler[/pullquote] INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – 1948 Article 25 […]


2012 Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Belize – Ministry of Health

Acronyms CNCD Chronic non-communicable Diseases INCAP Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama FAO Food and Agriculture Organization CFNI Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute Kcal kilocalorie FBDG Food Based Dietary Guideline HECOPAB Health Education and Community Participation Bureau QUADS Quality Assurance Development Services PAHO Pan American Health Organization BAHA Belize Agricultural Health Authority HFLE Health and Family Life Education INSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED IN THE MULTI-SECTORAL GROUP Ministry of Health Nutrition Unit Public Health Unit Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Ministry of Agriculture National Food & Nutrition Security Commission Ministry of Education School Health Unit Quality […]


Original Chaguaramas Treaty

Original Treaty Establishing the Caribbean Community and Common Market signed at Chaguaramas Chaguaramas, 4th July 1973 (This is the Official Text of the Treaty, the Final Act and the Agreement establishing the Common External Tariff) PREAMBLE The Governments of the contracting States, Determined to consolidate and strengthen the bonds which have historically existed among their peoples; Sharing a common determination to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of their peoples for full employment and improved standards of work and living; Conscious that these objectives can most rapidly be attained by the optimum utilisation of available human and natural resources of the […]


The struggle for Maya land, oil, and gold

by Robin Llewellyn 11 July 2012 After two very recent attacks on Maya community leaders in Guatemala, the challenges faced by the lawyers applying domestic law and international indigenous rights legislation to these conflicts are revealing, as legal concepts are reinterpreted by governments in indigenous communities across the Maya region of Central America. On the night of 12 June two men broke into the home of José Tavico Tzunun in Santa Cruz del Qiché, Western Guatemala, and murdered him. Tzunun was a member of the K’iche’ Peoples Council in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth, and Indigenous Territory. He helped […]


OAS to Host Forum on Migration and Development in the Americas

May 5, 2016 The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold this Friday, May 6 the Forum “Migration and Development in the Americas: towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda” with the participation of foreign ministers, experts and senior officials working on the issue in the hemisphere. The inaugural session will feature the participation of the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo de Alvarado; the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro; the Executive Director of the Young American Business Trust (YABT), Valerie Lorena and the President of the Committee on Migration Issues (CAM), Daniel Cámara. WHAT: […]


What Guatemala does not want the world to see

While the Government of Guatemala burns through the budget on lavish lifestyles, keeping an unfounded claim on our independent nation of Belize, swarms of families live below extreme poverty and live their lives in the garbage dumps. Guatemala would do good with starting to address the basic human rights of their citizens before they look for more expenditures elsewhere but then again, the Oligarchy does not suffer so they do not care. Video by Primer Impacto


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 […]