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Screen_Shot_2016-04-19_at_8.04.30_PMFor the past few months the Northern Territorial Volunteers have been carrying out an educational campaign at different schools and organizations throughout the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. The purpose of the campaign is to educate Belizeans about the proper flag protocols of Belize. According to leader of the NTV, Jeovannie De la Fuente and member David Espadas, although the response from Belizeans has been very poor so far, they are very optimistic.

Northern Territorial Volunteers

“The response  of Belizeans as  a whole when it comes to these types of things unfortunately is very poor, you would be surprise that if you ask a standard six student what the red signifies on our flag they don’t know, they don’t know that that is unity, they don’t know how the red got there, the student don’t know what the fifty leaves mean in our flag and that is the aim we are teaching these people we have held several teaching sessions with adults and they ask what this means and yes what the teachers are fighting for that we need to teach our student the flag protocol.”

Since the commencement of the program, the men have found the need to answer several questions coming from the youths. One of the main questions that often pops up is about Belize going to the International Court of Justice to solve the long standing dispute.

Northern Territorial Volunteers

“The question was what why are you guys are doing this and that is why we have an educational system and we are doing it because we are patriotic Belizeans and we want you all to be patriotic Belizeans too so we get nothing more we are not paid to do this, we are not a political party but we are patriotic Belizeans that we see the need to come and to give what we know to you guys, they have people that know more than us and they need to come and join us to help us out more on our venture, if Belize goes to the referendum and the majority decides that we go to the ICJ, it is not for an opinion it is for a ruling, the ICJ will look at it and they may say well Guatemala you don’t have anything over Belize and therefore you need to drop your claim that is what Guatemala stands to lose and that is that they might stand to lose and the ICJ will force them to drop the claim and remove that claim out of their constitution because it is in their constitution so they may lose that, what Belize stands to lose if we lose is much more, I don’t what will be if it comes to that the decision of the ICJ I don’t know it might be Toledo district or San Ignacio.”

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