“My Body Is Precious” animated and translated for children

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Kim SImpliss Barrow

Kim SImpliss Barrow

Wednesday, March 25, 2015. AARON HUMES Reporting: In 2013 Belizean students were introduced to the book “My Body Is Precious,” co-written by Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow and former Director of Community Rehabilitation Department in the Ministry of Human Development Starla Acosta.

It concerns the issue of sexual misbehavior with children, colloquially called “Good Touch/Bad Touch.”

IDB funded project

IDB funded project

After nearly two years of national tours promoting the book’s use in schools, the Special Envoy’s Office, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is rolling out a series of animated films based on the book in local languages Maya and Garifuna as well as English.

Simplis-Barrow said she wrote the book in recognition of the difficulties parents and teachers have with discussing this sensitive subject with children.

The films will be distributed through both traditional media and with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Youth in schools directly.

Participating schools in narration and voice acting included Belmopan’s own Garden City Primary School for the English-language film and Kuxlin Ha Government School for the Maya-language version.

The Garifuna-language version featured students from Gulisi Community Primary School in Dangriga.

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