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Dec 1, 2011

100 Students to be selected to visit planetarium

The Mexican Embassy earlier today launched an initiative targeting bright primary school students. The selected students are in for a special treat; they will get to spend a day across the border at two prestigious institutions that will expand their knowledge on astronomy and the Mayan culture. It’s an all expense paid trip just before the Christmas courtesy of various Mexican enterprises. News Five’s Jose Sanchez has the details of the Best Student Initiative.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

One hundred of the best Belizean students between ages ten to thirteen will be selected to visit the Maya museum and a new planetarium in Chetumal. It’s an all expense paid visit for teachers and students on December fifteenth. The initiative was officially launched today at the Institute of Mexico this morning.

Victor Alcerreca

Victor Alcerreca, Director General, Council of Science and Technology

“We have the initiative to give to the child in the grade school the basic knowledge of astrology and the motivation for the technical and scientific professions because in this modern world, this can change the opportunity for them to be in the markets—to have a better society.”

David Lara

David Lara, Director, YookolKaab Planetarium

“The most important thing is to know about the scientific, astronomic point of view with some movies in the planetarium of Chetumal. Right now in Chetumal we are showing a moving which is called the wonders of the world. It is very exciting and we are trying to be very close to you and to have the opportunity to give you this opportunity to watch this movie. The Planetarium of Chetumal is a compound interests because it is the observatory. We have many other situations in order to experience the many other phenomenon in the world, in the universe.”

As a show of friendship, Chetumal’s Chamber of Commerce will provide lunch for a hundred plus Belizeans.  And to get to their destination, ADO will provide cross border transportation for the delegates.

Gabriela Osuna, Representative, ADO

Gabriela Osuna

“We’re going to be donating our services for this trip. On the fifteen of December, two ADO buses will be transporting the winners for the district of Belize from Belize and Belmopan—one bus will be at Belmopan, the other in Belize City. If the winners came from Corozal or other cities, we will probably move the bus where a lot of the winners are. We at ADO we are happy to make this strategic alliance because we like that the children have more interest in Mexico.”

Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Mario Velasquez, explained why the chosen ones must be ages ten to thirteen.

Mario Velazquez

Mario Velazquez, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize

“We know that usually children in these ages are very open for receiving all kind of information, new information. Perhaps with this particular information about this Maya culture that we—Mexico and Belize—share and also with the information of the planetarium; we will have the new astronomers, the new anthropologist of Belize in the near future.”

The selection of students will take place on December third. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

The Embassy is still receiving applications. Schools are encouraged to send nominations for students born between 1998 and 2001. Information and application on the visit to the planetarium and museum can be accessed at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City.

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1 Response for “100 Students to be selected to visit planetarium”

  1. Nubian News Network says:

    This is great news. We are glad to see our fellow sisters and brothers reaching out to one another.

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