UDP’s Party Leader Patrick Faber made himself available today for several questions via a forum with the University of Belize. Among those questions was his plan for the Toledo District as it relates to employment. Here is his response.
Another question fielded to Faber had to do with the issue where many boys are dropping out of school and adding to the vulnerable population in the country. Faber says he is very well aware of the situation and his plan has to do with tailored education as opposed to the traditional schooling system.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Leader, United Democratic Party: “We are competing with the street elements so to speak for our males and you know some time ago I was engaged in a workshop that spoke to the fact that we have to be catering in a special way for or in a different way for our males. We in school try to teach them to be something that they really may not be. In society we expect them to be something that they really may not be and they find very hard to do. We have expectations of how our male children ought to be and rather than trying to force them to be something that they’re not or force them to be a way in which they’re not we should rather cater to their needs for development and try to encourage them to follow what it is they aspire to be. I say that because it’s like we build a mold of what the male student should be and if you’re not in that mold you don’t fit in that mold we toss you aside, you are a good for nothing and then of course there are the elements on the street that are very attractive for our young males in particular and then they get swallowed up by such lifestyles. So for me we have to really focus on making education more relevant for our males and making sure they’re more comfortable in the education system so they stay productive and even outside of regular school system we have to try to find ways of ensuring that they know that they are treasured and valued members of the society and that we want them to succeed and that we create the environment for them to succeed.”