British Honduras


Education in Belize: Taking the Risk 1

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant As we approach the end of 2013, I publicly ask the Education policymakers (government and church), principals, school administrators, teachers, and parents in Belize: 1.      Are we satisfied with our Educational Systems in Belize today? 2.      Have we improved any Primary, Secondary, or Tertiary school in Belize this year? 3.      What have we learned this year that could help us to improve our schools in Belize, so that we can more adequately educate and prepare students for life in Belize in 2020? It is widely accepted now, especially by our country’s […]


Belize PM says US should change form of Government

Amidst all the corruption taking place in Belize the PM gives advice to the US about how to solve their problems. I think he forgot about all the problems in Belize and how our way of Governing has not only brought us to where we are but keeps it happening. How do you advise a people what’s good for them when you can’t even do what’s good for your own people? Prime Minister of Belize — Our Government’s BETTER Than Yours


Education in Belize: Breaking Free! 1

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant September in Belize is a month for celebrations!  Many festivities lead up to Sept 10th to commemorate the “Battle of St. George’s Caye”, a day that has been celebrated each year, and long before the country achieved self-governing status in the mid 1960’s and Independence in 1981.  Each September includes many talent competitions throughout Belize, then a festive Carnaval, then the nationwide celebrated Independence Day on Sept. 21st  to top a full month of festivities.  In our many September celebrations throughout the country, we celebrate many forms of “breaking free”, whether […]


Common Misconceptions of Education 7

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant Previously, we discussed the issue of parents and guardians who seem neglectful and show very little, if any, interest in their children’s day-to-day work, or lack of work, at school.  However, I made it clear that there’s nothing to be gained when educators or PTA parents point fingers at students’ parents who do not regularly participate in school activities, or communicate regularly with teachers, or attend school and PTA meetings.  We do not help students to learn by judging their parents or by comparing one parent to another.  How, then, do […]


Don't let Guatemala duck agreement

Published: Friday | April 12, 2013 on The Gleamer It is urgent that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) engage the global community for help in sending a clear message to Guatemala that there will be no reward for bad behaviour, including, as seems to be the intent of the Central American country, squirming out of solemn undertakings. Jamaica, in its own right as a respected and influential voice on hemispheric matters, and as the CARICOM country with responsibility for the Community’s external relations, must lead this initiative. The matter to which we refer is the agreement between Belize and Guatemala to […]


GUATEMALA REVIVES CLAIM

The dispute moved now to the “court phase.” Guatemala proposed arbitration, and Britain suggested taking the matter to the Hague Court. Guatemala was not in favour of the dispute being examined purely on a legal basis. In July 1939, Guatemala published a White Book on her claims, and in 1940 Britain again offered arbitration in any of three ways: either to the Hague Court, or to a tribunal of international lawyers examining the matter under Chapter 4 of the Hague Convention, or to a tribunal of three international lawyers-one member to be selected by each party and one of them […]


Decolonization and the Border Dispute with Guatemala 1

British Honduras faced two obstacles to independence: British reluctance until the early 1960s to allow citizens to govern themselves, and Guatemala’s complete intransigence over its long- standing claim to the entire territory (Guatemala had repeatedly threatened to use force to take over British Honduras). By 1961, Britain was willing to let the colony become independent. From 1964 Britain controlled only defense, foreign affairs, internal security, and the terms and conditions of the public service. On June 1, 1973, the colony’s name was changed to Belize in anticipation of independence. After 1975 Britain allowed the colonial government to internationalize its case […]


BELIZE (British Honduras)-GUATEMALA BOUNDARY

International Boundary Study No. 8 –July 21, 1961 Belize (British Honduras) – Guatemala Boundary The Geographer Office of the Geographer Bureau of Intelligence and Research BACKGROUND According to British sources, occupation by Europeans of the coastal area of present-day British Honduras was begun in 1638 by shipwrecked English sailors; the discovery of valuable logwood, used in making dyes, and mahogany led in 1662 to the creation of an establishment. Differing opinions as to the provisions of the Treaty of Madrid, July 18, 1670, resulted in frequent fighting between the British settlers and the Spanish authorities. The Treaty of Paris, February […]


Belize Timeline 2

1500 BC – 800 AD Maya civilization dominated Belize 1100’s – 1400’s (1123) Yucatec Maya overthrew the Itza-Maya (1487) Aztec sent spies to Belize for trade and political information 1500’s (1508) First Spanish excursions occurred, Maya resisted Spanish attempts to control (1511) Geronimo de Aguilar first Spaniard to arrive, settled at Chetumal Bay (1544) Spanish took over northern Belize (1546) Massive uprising threw Spanish out of Belize (1547) Spanish cousins, the Pechecos, and friends received Spanish Grant to Belize; tortured, killed villagers, burned homes (1567) Spanish from Yucatan organized conquest, destroyed anything related to Mayan culture (1568) Juan de Garzon’s forces destroyed Mayan communities in Belize as far south […]


IS THIS THE ORIGIN OF BELIZE NATIONAL PRAYER?

There has been some discussion on the origin of “our National Prayer”. For those who believe that the “Truth Shall Set You Free” I share this historical document: Archbishop John Carroll was the cousin of Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1789, Pope Pius VI named him the first bishop of the United States. …(He would later become the first archbishop when the Diocese of Baltimore, Maryland, the mother diocese of the United States, was elevated to the status of archdiocese.) Archbishop Carroll wrote this prayer November 10, 1791, to be recited in parishes […]