People’s Constitution Commission Holds Information Session for Teachers in Corozal

People’s Constitution Commission Holds Information Session for Teachers in Corozal

The People’s Constitution Commission held the first of a series of information sessions planned for teachers in the Corozal district. The session was held at Corozal Community College on Friday, August 25, gathering over seventeen hundred teachers from the Orange Walk and Corozal. Anthony Chanona, Chairman of the PCC, said that the session was focused on two areas within the constitution: the preamble as well as fundamental rights and freedoms. Chanona explained to teachers that the goal of the session was to familiarize them with the constitution and educational material produced by the Commission, so they could in turn teach it to their students. He also said that the session will help teachers gain a greater appreciation of the ongoing reform process.

Anthony Chanona, Chairman, PCC: “And many of you I do not completely understand this book. So part of the education of our people, before we asked them what they want to change in this book, we thought we should let them know at least what it contains. And this booklet is an effort to do that. We have other booklets as part of this education campaign. Students who have a greater knowledge of how we are governed will make for a better nation. One of the things that Director Cesar Ross has been charged with is to update a 1969 version of how we were governed and along with the Ministry of the Education we are going to try to introduce this as part of the curriculum into the schools. So long after May 2024 finishes, this booklet is now going to be taught in the schools as part of the curriculum. A nation of young persons having a knowledge of the way they are governed will make for better Belize. We cannot lose sight of that fact.”

In his presentation, Edward Usher spoke on both the preamble and fundamental rights while addressing some questions about religious freedoms asked in previous sessions with other stakeholders.

Edward P Usher, Presenter, PCC Information Session: “The preamble of the Belize Constitution is the first introductory words as it relates to our Constitution. As the Chairman rightfully alluded to earlier the first few lines of our Constitution speak to the supremacy of God. The Canadian Constitution said it, as Mr. Chanona rightfully stated, and even the great United States, one part of their this children says it every morning before they go to class and it says they acknowledge the supremacy of God, freedom, justice, etc. And so Belize is not unique when we acknowledge the supremacy of God. Now in several of my previous presentations persons have asked about what about secular, what about the separation of the church on one hand and the state on the other. Well depends on how you look at secularism. Belize is secular in a sense because the government cannot say that this religion or that religion should be the national religion. So then they ask well how does it say Belize acknowledges the supremacy of God. Yes it acknowledges the supremacy of God but it does not tell you if you are a Methodist or a Catholic or a Muslim or an Anglican that your God is not the God that you should be believing in.”

The PCC held its second information session with teachers in Belize City earlier today.

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