Prepared for the Innovation in Citizen Services Division by Jennifer Peirce This paper presents updated information about crime and violence in Belize, and about current and recent initiatives that address these issues, with an emphasis on youth and on Southside Belize City. The findings complement the 2013 IDB Technical Note on citizen security in Belize and the analysis of the completed Community Action for Public Safety Program (CAPS). The report reviews factors contributing to crime and violence in Belize, and then identifies opportunities to consolidate progress and gaps in services. It makes recommendations for future programs, including a potential second […]
There is a large community of Immigrants in Belize and many have given and keep giving lots to Belize. There has been case after case of crime against visitors and immigrants in Belize with nothing much to nothing at all done by the Police or the Judiciary; all while the embassies of their home nation sit by quietly twiddling their thumbs. I know it’s bad enough that the Government of Belize refuses to invest the money to empower our Belize Police Department and to allow the Judiciary to be independent of political games and abuse; but wrong is wrong no […]
By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant “If we are forced, at every hour, to watch or listen to horrible events, this constant stream of ghastly impressions will deprive even the most delicate among us of all respect for humanity.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman scholar 106 BC – 43 BC) I previously discussed the current need for providing guidance and professional mental health assistance to Youth in Belize to help them cope with ever-increasing stress triggered by constant violent events around them: shootings, bombings, murders, and vicious gang killings. On an almost daily basis we see and […]
By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant According to Maya wisdom, 2012 completed a significant calendar cycle. Also, in 2012 Belize held General and Municipal Elections and the majority chose to keep most of the same people/party in government. The Minister of Education, his entire ministry, the Chief Education Officer, and Heads of various Churches continue to head/steer our Belizean Education Systems and Programs. However, how many of these leaders work directly with our young people on a day-to-day basis? How do they keep abreast of 21st Century challenges that keep “adding up” in Primary and Secondary schools […]
By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant There are parallels between the urgent need for initiating changes in our Education System (schools) and the urgent need for initiating changes in the way we live today. (“Unlearning Old Habits Part II”, follows next week.) Violent crimes, such as shootouts, murders, and gang wars, are reported almost daily now, throughout the entire country, but especially in Belize City. However, all the loud outcries, public condemnations in the media, or large demonstrations staged throughout the country, cannot suddenly change or stop the violence that is now being loudly renounced by the […]
By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant Many teachers (and school administrators) spend far too much time “talking to” difficult students; they must think that the more attention they give difficult students, the better educators they are. On a daily basis, they pull those students aside for pep-talks, reminders, and lectures; they warn, scold, threaten, flatter and even debate. They micromanage and manipulate these students by spending so much time, much more than they do with other students, addressing them and trying to persuade them to behave. And, after all that scolding everyday, no positive results are obtained. […]
By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant In these current times, violent criminal acts and mass killings are at an all-time high throughout Belize – at the highest rate the country has ever seen. There is a country-wide crisis of senseless shootings and vicious gang-style murders being reported throughout the nation, almost daily, especially in Belize City. Whether or not we realize it, continuous and raw media coverage (television, radio, internet, and newspapers) of these gruesome, traumatic, and violent killings affects our young people, especially students, in very stressful ways. What is far worse, many of our very […]
I was reading up on Belize News a couple of days ago and came across this article on the Belize Times that got my attention. I read it, pondered a bit and then read it again. This really shocked the hell out of me to know that in a matter of a little over a decade or two our country has apparently sunk so low.