By BB Staff: On Friday, representatives of Belize’s entire tertiary level education system – eight junior colleges, the University of Belize and Galen University as host – will gather in San Ignacio for a first-ever National Tertiary Level Empowerment Symposium on the topic “Defending Belize’s Sovereignty.”
Three panel discussions will provide information for students to come up with a plan of action for Belize’s academic community to address the Guatemala situation.
Organizers also propose to educate, empower and inspire tertiary level students in Belize with a thorough history of all conventions, treaties, documents and events that formulate the root of Belize’s case against Guatemala’s claim and why Belize is a sovereign nation; allow students to contemplate the current economic, environmental and cultural impacts of the differendum on our border communities and the rest of the country; and to provide ample opportunity for the students in attendance to reflect on the material they are provided with and consider what action would be most appropriate for them to take after the symposium as socially responsible university students.
The National Tertiary Level Symposium will be moderated by Mr. Rafael Guerrero. Speakers include Ambassador James Murphy; Rafael Manzanero of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD); Dr. Ludwig Palacio and attorneys Senator Eamon Courtenay and Richard “Dickie” Bradley.