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Nov 25, 2019

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The anniversary of the historic ascension to the Convention on the Rights of the Child was celebrated on Friday night in Belize City. To mark the occasion a number of organizations and individuals, including News Five’s Duane Moody, were singled out for fulfilling the different aspects of the convention that guarantees a set of right to children. Here is a report of the event with Duane Moody.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A Gala Event was held on Friday night at the Caribbean Motors Showroom in Belize City. It was a celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of a Child, which was ratified by Belize back in 1989. Hosted by the National Committee for Families and Children and UNICEF, the event was used to honour those who have been working on accomplishing the human rights treaty.


Michael Fritz

Michael Fritz, CRC Ambassador

“Children are living messages we sent to a time we will not see. A message which inspires us the present and that will plant the future of our nation. What that message entails is completely dependent on how well we equip our children to write, read and vocalize the core principles of love, service to one’s country, leadership, good governance, professionalism as well as the mastery of the humanities, sciences, engineering, technical and vocational studies and business disciplines. The year 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; thirty years of championing the rights, welfare and development of Belizean families and children. After thirty years, it is essential for us to acknowledge just how far we have come. After thirty years, we have seen efforts geared at achieving universal primary education for all Belizeans; high immunization rates and comprehensive amendments to legislations in favour of protecting our children. After thirty years, we are bit by bit eradicating the relevance of the English proverb—children should be seen and not heard. After so long, children’s voices are now being heard.”


In attendance were ministers of government as well as mayors from municipalities across the length and breadth of the country. Back in 2014, a Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality Initiative was introduced to ensure that children feel safe, are provided with the amenities they need, and are healthy and well-informed; the Mayor’s Association of Belize signed on to this document. They were honoured at the event.

Many children were awarded for their community involvement, arts and culture, agriculture, vocation, science and technology and children in business. Non-government organizations who have worked with young people were also issued.

Duane Moody for News Five.

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