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Jul 2, 2014

P.U.P. Youth Movement meet with high achievers

The Belize Youth Movement, which is the youth arm of the People’s United Party, today held a high achievers forum at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. The meeting saw the top performers from secondary institutions throughout the city being brought together to voice their opinions, share their ideas on issues affecting the country including health, the economy, education and available opportunities in country. Spearheaded by BYM president, Alberto Vellos, and Party Leader, Francis Fonseca, the initiative is in an effort to reach out to the future Belizean leaders. Fonseca says it’s to engage these brilliant minds on reform.


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

Francis Fonseca

“We thought it was important to just recognize them as a political party; to applaud their efforts, to tell them that we are very proud of the work that they have done. Two, to engage with them; to share with them some of our thoughts on the future development of our country, but also to hear from them about their concerns as young people, their views on the challenges and problems that are facing Belize. and then just to have a very open front discussion with them and to let them know that as leaders, as a leader myself, that I want to engage them, that I understand that young people are very important to the future development of Belize; that their voices are important…that we must value their voices, that we must appreciate their voices and we must respect their voices. We want them to understand that the P.U.P. is a party focused on the future, focused on education, focused on creating opportunities for young people and if they can take that message with them and share that with other young people, we certainly will appreciate that. Our focus in 2014 as a party is on reform and change. How can we engage in economic reform; there is a need for that. How can we engage in governance reform; how can we engage in education reform. Those are the three fundamental pillars of the work as we see it moving forward.”


According to Fonseca, there will be follow up sessions with the youths. Similar youth-engaging activities are also being held by P.U.P. regional caucuses across the country. 

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