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Youths in Punta Gorda learn about other Cultures in Belize

Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda Town recently engaged in a program that showed an appreciation for several cultures found in Belize including the Garinagu.  Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung has the details.

Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda Town recently engaged in a program that showed an appreciation for several cultures found in Belize including the Garinagu.  Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung has the details.

Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Students of Adult Continuing Education Program participated in a cultural awareness event in Punta Gorda. The Friday evening event was done by students of Claver College Extension’s Adult Continuing Evening Division Education Program. Director of CCE Adult Education Program Dave Forman spoke to Love News at the event.

Dave Forman, Director, CCE Adult Education Program: “We come together to celebrate different cultures in our society. At Claver College extension we do more than just the academics and so because we have students who come from various areas in the district they bring to us different cultures and different experiences and so we celebrate those as a CCE family.”

Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Three of the students, Devan Paolino, Sherilee Hause and Juliett Jacobs also spoke to Love News of their participation in the cultural awareness exhibition.

Devan Paolino, Student: “I displayed the Garifuna Culture which is basically the month in November and we celebrated the different dances, the different language and when St.Vincent came to Belize and all of these about the Garinagu. We had displays on the food which are the Hudut, the drink better known as the Sahaou, we had the different Garifuna language, we have the clothes.”

Sherliee Hause, Student: “Our Mestizo culture we are highlighting today and we are all about our outfit, our beautiful Hipiles coming all the way from Yucatan Merida. We are displaying our Dia de Los Muertos and we are also displaying our food, we have empanadas, tostadas, garnaches, ceviche, escabeche, relleno and we did our beautiful song which is ‘Las Mujeres que se pintan’ which means  ‘our makeup’.”

Juliett Jacobs, Student:  “We are displaying the East Indian culture highlighting the clothing and food. The clothing includes the Shari which is a long dress that is worn with a shall. The food includes the Roti and Curry Chicken, Rice Lab, Stewed pumpkin, pumpkin cake, cassava cake. I’d like to say thanks yo our Claver College director Dave Forman and teachers for giving us this opportunity to showcase and celebrate our cultures in connection with the Garifuna celebration.”

With young adult students of various cultural groups of Belize Claver College Extension’s Adult Continuing Education Evening Division program currently has 75 students pursuing high school diploma courses. .