Yesterday we reported on the strides being made by President of BelizeCan Patrick Menzies to secure as many signatures from Parents and church leaders in a form of protest against the Government. This action is part of the National School Boycott campaign which comes at the heels of the hotly debated National Revised Gender Policy. Flanked by church leaders, Menzies and his team collected signatures from parents in Orange Walk and Corozal promising to NOT send their children to school in the hopes that Government pay heed to their request.
Menzies seeks to halt the process by allowing more consultation sessions with the community. With a hand full of signatures in tow, Menzies submitted the petition forms to the District Education Office here in Orange Walk. A quick check with District Education Manager Carla Alvarez revealed that the petition was to be submitted today to Belmopan. It is uncertain how many signatures were collected but Alvarez says that she was not in the position to comment on the matter or on what happens thereafter.
But while there are parents who are in support of the National School Shutdown, there are those who disapprove the way the matter is being handled since it is disrupting the free flow of classes for their children. As a concerned parent, Lougie Gomez gave us his stance on the issue.
Lougie Gomez- Concerned Parent
“I got really offended because I think that they are trying to instill fear or some kind of segregation amongst the others; well if you don’t agree with us then you are against us, well why we can’t be just one group of people who accepts everyone for whom they are because we are one Belizean, one world and it kind of very touching and it hurt me because I don’t want my son to grow up thinking about hate, you shouldn’t hat people you suppose to love them and that is my take on it. I want my son to ask the hard questions that people don’t want to ask, I want my son to go up and ask those questions that will make people like; where is he coming from, I want him to think for himself, I don’t want to instill things on his side, I want him to be his own owner of his own mind and when people start to tell parents about things like these those parents will go ahead and start teaching their kids to think different is not good and once you instill that on kids then the future of Belize we will be a totally different Belize, we will have that being different is not good, and being different is great, diversity is great, without diversity we wouldn’t be prospering .”
Many of the parents, who chose not to speak to us on camera, expressed similar sentiments.
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