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Jun 20, 2012

Human Rights Commission’s Poster and Song Competition Winners

Positives Vibes, the artist, this morning received a cash prize for a song that captures a message of equality. The artist penned and recorded the song that was picked among twenty other entries in a competition launched by the Human Rights Commission. Students from a Cotton Tree School took the poster competition.  News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports from the House of Culture.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

“Nuh matta what age; No matta what race” is the new human rights song. Local artist, Positive Vibes beat out twenty other artists to win the Human Rights Commission of Belize song competition. The winning song is a catchy tune that is entertaining and educational, which netted the artist three grand. Positive Vibes says it is reflective of his musical style.

 

Positive Vibes, Artist

Positives Vibes

“I believe the music weh I di do dah fi teach and so with my reggae music I decided to teach everybody, the kids, middle age, everybody through this song.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What’s your message in this song?”

 

Positive Vibes

“Well, the message is that no matta what age or race we all have rights no care dah who, black, white, purple, we all have rights and equal rights too.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Alright, how long ih tek yuh fi work pahn dis piece?”

 

Positive Vibes

“Well actually it tek like wah day just a whole day fi everything to record and everything because dis dah weh I do fi wah living, music.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, the lyrics and everything original to you?”

 

Positive Vibes

“Yeah. Right, lyrics fully composed by me and recording also done by me. One hundred percent work I put in.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Three grand; how that feel?”

 

Positive Vibes

“Ahh beautiful; Wah beautiful start enuh and I di plan fi get some equipment and invest inna the studio wah lee bit enuh because investment dah the key.”

 

The boys of St. Joseph Roman Catholic School are the winners of the Human Rights Commission of Belize poster competition. The four standard-six students outshined eleven other schools from across the country by expressing what human rights means to them.

 

Andrea Polanco

“You came up with the idea; why?”

 

Kelin Barrera

Kelin Barrera

“Because I like to get in competitions and make it emm, I could draw and decorate them and paint them.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How are you feeling now that you’ve won the competition?”

 

Edgar Trujillo

“Well, I feel proud because this year it’s like we make our school shine and in past year’s nothing was happening about this and now I feel proud of my school and myself too.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Did you guys expect that you’d win?”

 

Edgar Trujillo

Edgar Trujillo

“No miss, because they told we that it would be only a presentation but we neva know that this would happen.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Alright, how long did you work on the poster with the guys?”

 

Kelin Barrera

“One week.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So did you guys come up with all the ideas together?”

 

Kelin Barrera

“Yes”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So tell me a lee bit ‘bout what you did on the poster?”

 

Melki Tuel

Melki Tuel

“Well painting, decorating, drawing, helping out them and sharing ideas.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So did the teacher work with you guys?”

 

Melki Tuel

“Yes and when we have extra time she tell wi to work on it.”

 

Rasheed Myvette from Belmopan’s Garden City Primary also got special mention for his human rights poster.

 

Rasheed Myvette, Garden City Primary

“I wanted to win first prize.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Alright. So tell us about your poster?”

 

Rasheed Myvette

Rasheed Myvette, Garden City Primary

“My poster; my globe represent global peace and the Belize map represent my patriotism towards my country and all the beautiful futures. The thumb print represents all our human rights.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So what message you want to share with other school children about human rights?”

 

Rasheed Myvette, Garden City Primary

“Know your rights yuh know and nuh mek nobody push yuh round.”

 

Anne Wade of the Human Rights Commission of Belize says that the competitions are a part of a wider public campaign launched in February that seeks to sensitize young people on human rights issues.

 

Anne Wade

Anne Wade, Project Coordinator, H.R.C.B.

“Since then we have been doing a number of different activities to get the human rights message out to the public. I must say however that we had a lean towards the younger Belizean audience. The song competition was one of the large parts of the project that we hope will help to accomplish more learning for us and more exposure for the human rights message for us. The children’s competition; the poster competition was an idea we had so that the children can have the time or the teachers engage them  with teaching them about human rights so we made the prizes attractive enough. Our reasoning is, our philosophy is that the more people know about human rights and what their rights are the more we become empowered with the information and be inclined to stand up and say enough is enough when we have tremendous amounts abuse happening so we have to continue educating people and spread the message of human rights”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

Positive Vibes will be releasing a CD and video as a part of his prize. For the poster competition, the winning school took home a computer and one thousand two hundred dollars.

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1 Response for “Human Rights Commission’s Poster and Song Competition Winners”

  1. drose flowers says:

    HUMAN RIGHT DAH LONE MADA!@$$, WHERE ARE THEY WHEN WE NEED THEN FOR JUSTICE AGAINST ALL THE CRIMES THAT IS TAKING PLACE WITH OUR CHILDREN IN BELIZE?

    NOT EVEN A MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF JASMINE AND THE MANY OTHER CHILDREN THAT ARE DEAD BECAUSE OF BERT VASQUEZ AND OTHERS LIKE HIM.

    I WOULD REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS HUMAN RIGHT GROUP DISAPPEAR FROM OUR COUNTRY.

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