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Oct 9, 2020

ABG Discusses Her Manifesto’s Take on Education and Family in Belmopan

Independent Candidate in Belmopan Anna Banner Guy launched her manifesto last month. Banner Guy describes her platform as the ‘People’s Manifesto’ which she says outlines realistic and attainable actions and outcomes that cover a specific needs for the constituency. The themes include safety and security; land and housing distribution; entrepreneurship and job creation and youth empowerment. During a virtual session on Thursday night – Anna Banner Guy zoned in on the issues of education and family in the Belmopan constituency. Here’s a look at how that went:


Anna Banner Guy, Independent Candidate, Belmopan

“Our education system definitely needs to look into taking certain areas more seriously in terms of including more non-traditional aspects of education within our curriculum. I am talking about agriculture, for example, technology. We have all our government offices have access to internet – and throughout our country but we don’t have this service in our classroom, readily available that students can access.   Vocational and technical trade is lacking. Belmopan is one of the fastest growing municipalities. We have been saying this but it is alarming how a leader doesn’t see a population growth as an opportunity – you want to captivate people to be in your community. People are builders and we cannot have the same old traditional without expanding or expounding on that in any way, shape or form that students can access easily.   Gender-based violence affects our families. It trickles into other levels of family violence which affects our children, in particular, and their ability to learn, to be productive and to grow the way a child should. Gender-based violence is something that alarms me and it frightens me the way our leaders shy away from it; ignore it or pretend it is not happening even though it is right in front of our eyes. We have seen recent examples.  One of the things we definitely need to look at as a community here in Belmopan is how we can initiate programs that will create awareness that will educate even young children; how do you know when you are experiencing gender-based violence and ways how to cope when you are in that situation and most importantly how do you get help and where do you go to get help?”

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