BelizeÂs pride in its schooling and education has been shown as the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports held its annual Children and Youth Rally on Friday 13th September. Held as part of the ongoing September celebrations using the Belize in Your, Belize in Me Â Land of the Free theme, the event celebrated the youngsters living in Belize and on Ambergris Caye.
As students came together in the Rafael Angel Nunez Auditorium, there was a distinct sense of pride and patriotism amongst all those in attendance. The event began with a ceremony where Anthony Gill, an 11-year-old Belizean/American, gave an inspirational ten-minute presentation. Anthony talked to the primary and secondary school pupils about how they can make the right choices in their lives and ensure they make change for the good. He went on to talk about how choices can affect people in the community, putting an emphasis on standing up against bullying. Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr, minister of tourism and culture, presented Anthony with a certificate of appreciation after the presentation.
After the official Children and Youth Rally ceremony had taken place, it was a time for real celebrations; various primary schools entertained students with their presentations. Students from San Pedro High School performed a piece directed by Alex Nunez entitled From a Colony to a Country. The re-enactment showed the Eve of Independence and highlighted the great steps that those living in Belize have made. Secondly, local Ambergris Caye musician Barrington Castillo delighted students and guests with music. This was followed by TR Shine, the winner of the 2013 Carnival Song Competition, presenting a musical segment. Finally, the various sports disciplines of local schools were showcased by Professor Paul Kelly, the youth coordinator for Ambergris Caye Lincoln Flowers, and students from San Pedro High School.
The delight shown by the students at the event revealed the continuing pride that Belize schools have for education and the importance that the country puts upon helping youngsters thrive. Everyone in attendance was dazzled by the day; particularly by the musical events, which had pupils clapping, dancing and waving their flags. The rally was said to be a great success by the ministry of education, which took time to thank local businesses for their support.