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Jun 21, 2023

P.C.C. Signs M.O.U.s to Access Databases in Constitutional Reform

Anthony Chanona

September was also designated as Constitution Month. But during today’s launch, there were several memorandums of understanding signed with various organizations, giving access to databases from the diaspora, the Ministry of Education and the Statistical Institute of Belize. P.C.C. Chair Anthony Chanona explains the importance of this inclusion in the process.

 

Anthony Chanona, Chair, People’s Constitution Commission

“The statute mandate that we have instructs that the final report must have taken into consideration people living abroad, the diaspora. Doctor Carolyn Denetri has developed a masterpiece of data collection and information. By signing this agreement we not only tap into that database and that knowledge, but it gives us coverage into several areas beyond the United States of America, including Europe, Latin America, South America. It is a tremendous opportunity. We signed onto that. It also gives us the authenticity of tapping into the database for the Statistical Institute of Belize and now also with the Ministry of Education. The ministry has a database of over six thousand teachers that have to develop these curricula. And so by declaring September constitution month, we get to feed into our programs and these activities that then go into the school system. If you look at it, Belize has one hundred thousand children in the high school – one hundred thousand. If each household has two and chances are there is more – might be three or four – and each school has a project to take in this citizen’s survey, we expect to get two or three hundred thousand responses from that initiative. So I can’t underscore just how important it is to have signed these memorandums of understanding.”


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