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Celebrating Belize Independence, students joy in September

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On Friday 15 September, I was lucky to be at St. Martin’s Government Primary School in the country’s capital of Belmopan.  I was there to talk to students about the importance of celebrating the 36th anniversary of Belize’s Independence. The kids were dressed in white, red and blue; the main colors of our unique Belize flag.
At around 9 o’clock in the morning, the teachers were busy making final adjustments to the decors of the stage. The kids were asked to bring their chairs out to the assembly area. The sound-system blasted popular nationalist hits like “Ya da fu we Belize”.
I was worried about what I could say to such a diverse range of students. There were students from infant one to standard five.  They represented many of Belize’s ethnic groups such as Maya, Mestizo, Creole, and Garifuna. Many kids spoke to each other in Spanish, which was not surprising because the school is located in Salvapan. This was the area where many refugees and migrants settled in the 1980s following ci…