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National Student Union of Belize wants to be on Constitution Commission too

Several local groups and organizations have wanted to be part of the People’s Constitution Commission and the National Student Union of Belize has indicated that they too want a seat at the table. Last week, the NSUB wrote to Minister Henry Charles Usher on the matter, saying quote “we…encourage the People’s Commission for the Review of Belize’s Constitution to keep its promise to assist us in obtaining a seat to represent and support our students…” We spoke to the union’s founder and interim president, Guillermo Berganza via Zoom last night about why including the union is so important.

Guillermo Berganza, Founder & Interim President, NSUB: “We know that a Constitution is an outline of the type of Government, its structures, poli-limits, even duties that citizens want. It is somewhat a living entity that involves institutional characteristics and even gradual evolutive changes and this is true reform, that response to peace building, reconciliation, socio economic development and inclusion in a legitimate way. So the students within this legitimate way that a major part of that is widely accepted in many democratic societies concerning students participation in any constructive political change and this is like reforming the Constitution so as Belize embarks on reforming its constitution the Students Union of Belize encourages the Government and the People’s Commission to grant us space in representing and supporting our students.” 

We also asked Berganza for comment on the criticism that the number of seats – as suggested by the Prime Minister – be capped. Berganza maintained that tertiary level students should have a say too. 

Guillermo Berganza, Founder & Interim President, NSUB: “That does not mean student representation because we are two different entities. They, the YLAB, represent youths, specifically youths. We represent students which is a completely somewhat a different ballgame. They had asked us, right, one time we had a meeting with Mr. Ross, who will represent youths and they had asked about the youth population within our membership and actually almost over 100% of our members are considered you according to the data by the Government of Belize and this is under 35. So we do have, like I said, almost 100% youth representation but keep in mind that we are two different entities. So, like I said before, we deserve a seat in the commission for students, specifically tertiary students and there are so many issues we can talk about as to why we deserve a seat around the Commission.” 

Berganza added that one of the things they hope the revision of the Constitution examines is opportunities for higher education here at home. 

Guillermo Berganza, Founder & Interim President, NSUB: “That does not mean student representation because we are two different entities. They, the YLAB, represent youths, specifically youths. We represent students which is a completely somewhat a different ballgame. They had asked us, right, one time we had a meeting with Mr. Ross, who will represent youths and they had asked about the youth population within our membership and actually almost over 100% of our members are considered you according to the data by the Government of Belize and this is under 35. So we do have, like I said, almost 100% youth representation but keep in mind that we are two different entities. So, like I said before, we deserve a seat in the commission for students, specifically tertiary students and there are so many issues we can talk about as to why we deserve a seat around the Commission.”