British Empire


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 […]

Education

Belize: The State Of The Nation

By: Richard Harrison Today, on the eve of our 33rd year of INDEPENDENCE…. I kneel in service to deliver the STATE OF THE NATION address. Instead of dealing with all and sundry, gifts and glory, today I take off my gloves to try to deal a death blow with the little strength I have left…. to only ONE, but principal among the obstacles to the development of my country and people…. who, deep in my heart of hearts, I believe aspire to greater INDEPENDENCE. 33 years ago, all the citizens of BELIZE pledged allegiance to serve the best interest of […]


UK ordered destruction of ‘embarrassing’ colonial papers

Britain systematically destroyed documents in colonies that were about to gain independence, declassified Foreign Office files reveal. ‘Operation Legacy’ saw sensitive documents secretly burnt or dumped to cover up traces of British activities. The latest National Archives publication made from a collection of 8,800 colonial-era files held by the Foreign Office for decades revealed deliberate document elimination by British authorities in former colonies. The secret program dubbed ‘Operation Legacy’ was in force throughout the 1950s and 1960s, in at least 23 countries and territories under British rule that eventually gained independence after WWII. Among others these countries included: Belize, British […]


Capital Punishment

Crime and Public Policy : The Dilemma of Capital Punishment in Belize.

Crime and Public Policy : The Dilemma of Capital Punishment in Belize. Does it have a deterrent effect or is it simply state sponsored executed vengeance? By: Hubert Pipersburgh Rationality and Deterrence Should Belize resort to capital punishment as a means to deter violent heinous crime?  This is a legitimate public policy question. Crime is a central problem confronting any society. The accompanying rational strategy is usually deterrence. The goal of deterrence is to make the cost of committing crime far greater than any benefits potential criminals might derive from their acts. Thus, the theory goes that with advance knowledge […]


Constitutional Conference For Belize: Is This an Idea Whose Time Has Come? 3

by: Hubert Pipersburgh Should the people of Belize call for a Constitutional Conference an event to bring together the best Belizean minds possible that can fashion a document that represents our struggles while crafting a new direction for the 21st century and will have built in mechanism for the participation of the people? This is a legitimate public policy question. As the debate rages on in Belize on the merits or demerits of amending the current Constitution to bring into effect preventative detention and government control over key utilities, we have seen both sides making passionate arguments for their respective […]


Education in Belize: Are Graduates Prepared Today and Students Being Prepared for Tomorrow? 2

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant Our most precious resource, whether in Belize or anywhere else throughout the world, will always be our children!  The rapidly growing tourism industry in Belize boasts the Caribbean Sea and Barrier Reef, many Maya ruins, our diverse cultures living side by side, an exotic rain forest, and many other attractions, and is currently one of the top sources of revenue for our government.  Nevertheless, there is no guarantee whatsoever that tourism in Belize will always flourish or produce continuous revenue to the country.  Our sugar, timber, citrus, and other agricultural industries […]


The Black Carib Wars: Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna 1

Caribbean News Now Book Review Published on August 2, 2012 In The Black Carib Wars: Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna (University Press of Mississippi), author Christopher Taylor offers the fullest, most thoroughly researched history of the Garifuna people of St Vincent, and their uneasy conflicts and alliances with Great Britain and France. The book presents documentation of one of the oldest native heritages of the Caribbean, and is the closest thing to a direct link to the region’s history before colonialism. The Garifuna — whose descendants were native Carib Indians, Arawaks and West African slaves brought to the […]


Guatemala's Claim

With all the talks of Guatemala’s claim on Belize on the rise again. If and when we go to the referendum to argue again with Guatemala, we force them to put up something to lose as well or know their role and shut the hell up. They know they have no claim on Belize, but they keep pushing the issue because they know our leaders are weak and keep playing their games. I say we have them put up some of their country and if we win we get it. Belize has everything to lose, a country and it’s people; […]