Belize takes great pride in its education of children, and across the country, youngsters are given a wide variety of teachings and attractions to inspire them. Â Almost every event in San Pedro welcomes children with open arms as the local community looks to aid its kidsÂ education. Â On November 20th it was ChildrenÂs Day in Belize, and institutions throughout the nation took the time to celebrate the next generation.
In San Pedro Town, residents joined the rest of the nation in celebrating ChildrenÂs Day. Â This year, the theme was ÂStop the violence against the children,Â with participants electing to make sure that the powerful message got through. Â For many of the townÂs children, there were a lot of diverse activities to take part in, and at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School, the ChildrenÂs Day events ended with a grand parade. Â The parade took place on Friday November 22nd, and almost 1,000 pupils marched through the streets in colorful costumes. Â They also held banners aloft with messages that were drawn from the 2013 ChildrenÂs Day theme, helping to not only celebrate the event but carry an important message for those watching.
The theme has been important for Belize, and the Ministry of Education (MOE) explained that it was part of a larger nationwide initiative to ensure that the future generation was kept safe. Â Several groups, including Restore Belize, BelizeÂs Special Envoy for Women and Children, the Ministry of Human Development, the MOE, the European Union, the United Nations ChildrenÂs Funds and the National Committee for Family and Children (NCFC), have participated to create the theme and ensure that children are valued and protected. Â The message is particularly important as many organizations are noting increasing amounts of violence against children worldwide.
As part of the Friday 22nd parade, students from the Roman Catholic School depicted the ways in which Belize is such as diverse nation. Â Youngsters used the symbol of traffic lights to indicate the need to stop violence. Â Meanwhile, other groups dressed up to demonstrate BelizeÂs social workers, national heroes, flora and fauna, folklore and even fairytale figures. Â In addition, other schools on the island held a Sports Day and a Crazy Day in order to get all children involved in the event.