Screen_Shot_2013-12-05_at_8.16.18_PMOur country Belize is a country filled with a diversity of ethnic groups. Mestizos, Garifunas, East Indians, Arabs, and Asians just to mention a few. Each ethnic group has its own beliefs, religion and even eclectic cuisine. With that in mind today at the Belize Adventist College campus, these melting pot of cultures were celebrated and highlighted by students on their cultural day. Armando Correa, acting Principal, says the objective of today’s cultural day is to educate the students of the different cultures that make up our Country.


Armando Correa – Acting Principal BAC


“Today we are having our cultural day, usually it is one cultural day one year and the other year we have open day, so this is the year for the cultural day where all the ethnics groups will be represented from the Chinese, the Mennonites, the Mestizo, Creoles, Garifuna and you can name all the ethnic groups.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“What is the objective?”


Armando Correa – Acting Principal BAC


“The objective is to make people conscious that we are a diverse people in Belize and the students also but it is not only the food and the dances but it is a matter of making all the cultures integrate to know that we know how we can deal with each other in a harmonious way, so that is the objective of the day.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“And the role of the students play in this cultural day, how will this benefit them?”


Armando Correa – Acting Principal BAC


“The role is that they will be participating, we divided the school into several groups, and each group will have one ethnic group to represent, right, and it is going to benefit them because they are going to get to know for example; the Chinese, they will come dressed like a Chinese costume, they will know the different foods of the Chinese, they even will sing a Chinese song, so they will have a little taste of the language of the Chinese.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“You mention that the school was divided into different groups pertaining to the different ethnic groups, how many ethnic groups have you divided them or featuring today?”


Armando Correa – Acting Principal BAC


“We are featuring the Chinese, we are featuring the Garifuna, the Mennonites are here, we are featuring the Mestizo basically those are the ones that we are featuring.”


Tyrone Leslie, head of the English department, says the focus on today’s display were on seven main cultures.

 

Tyrone Leslie - Head of the English department


“We concentrate on the seven main cultures here in Belize. We don’t want to leave out any one but we will deal with the main, main cultures and so we have Chinese, we have Garifuna and Mennonite and so forth.  We are concentrating on little items like skits, the songs and the main, main thing but basically the story in a nut shell of each of the cultures, the students has worked dedicatedly roughly for the last month or so to get this program together.”


After the presentation, each student was given additional credit on their lowest performing grade.

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