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Mar 7, 2003

Children rally in Belize City

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We don’t know what the children of Guatemala are doing while their teachers are on strike, but here in Belize it was the students on the march. Jacqueline Woods has more.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

Hey, the heat may have been unbearable for us older folks, but one thousand, five hundred primary school children paraded and danced under the hot sun from the Belize City Centre to the Memorial Park. Today was observed as Children’s Day and the march brought to an end a series of activities held to commemorate their special week.

Jacqueline Woods

“How important is children’s day?”

Feeshia Felix, Student, St. John’s Anglican School

“It is important because the teacher and the principal take time out to show how much they love us and appreciate us.”

Jacqueline Woods

“So you’re looking forward to taking part in this morning’s parade?”

Feeshia Felix

“Yes ma’am.”

Jacqueline Woods

“You’re not worried about the heat?”

Feeshia Felix

“No ma’am.”

Andrew Talbert, Student, All Saints Primary School

“Really important because we won’t be at school the run bout and sweaty up we self, we will just the have fun right where we go bout and so.”

Jacqueline Woods

“So, how do you feel that you’ll be taking part in this morning’s parade?”

Keron Moguel, Student, All Saints primary School

“Well it feels good because it’s like an exercise.”

Jacqueline Woods

“So how long have you been practicing for this morning?”

Keron Moguel

“Only about a day or two.”

It may have been only a couple of days but the school bands and all the students certainly sounded and looked good as they played all the way to the park.

Michelle Pineda, Parenting Coordinator, NOPCA

“What we are trying to do is promoting children. Usually, when we have a parade we’re promoting cancer or something bad, we’re working towards a cause, but this time we’re trying to promote children; this day is all about them.”

Judith Alpuche, Executive Director, N.C.F.C.

“This mornings parade is really a celebration of children and childhood, and also it’s an opportunity for us to raise awareness about the rights and responsibilities of children. So that’s what we’re hoping to accomplish. It’s just simply children’s week; children are here, they’re very important in our society, and also that they have rights and responsibilities is the message that we’re trying to get out today.”

The parade was held under the theme: Children: Our Foundation For Tomorrow’s Future. Jacqueline Woods for News 5.

In another children’s day activity, B.T.L.’s annual Stay in School Jam was held in Corozal Town.

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