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Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

Gifted writer Jeremy A. Enriquez launched his book, To Educate a Nation, at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town on Thursday afternoon. His book documents the life story of Andres Patricio Enriquez and wife Jane Victoriana Enriquez nee Villafranco as they travelled from station to station within Belize’s Catholic school system.

“This is a story about my grandparents written by themselves about the experiences that they had teaching in remote communities all over Belize between the period 1900 and 1950,”  says Jeremy Enriquez, who himself is an independent development consultant.

“These garifuna teachers, my grandparents,  went through tremendous sacrifices working in remote communities in the areas where in those days there were no roads, they had to sometimes trek through miles of forest to reach these communities and to stay there for months at a time as they tried to stabilize the communities and also to build these schools.”

The 173 pages book, To Educate a Nation: Autobiographies of Andres P. and Jane V. Enriquez is now available on Amazon for the Belizean diaspora. It was first launched in Belize City in November of last year. In Belize City, the book can be found at the Angelus Press, Brodies, Image Factory and A & R. The book is also available in Punta Gorda at Johnson’s Stationary Store and in Dangriga at Flo Johnson. It can also be found at Daker’s Stationary in Belmopan and Martha’s Kitchen in San Ignacio.

Jeremy Enriquez is hoping that his latest production, To Educate a Nation, is infused in Belize’s School system “because we need to learn more about Belize’s history and looking at it intimately , looking through the eyes of those who lived this history.”

From reading the book ourselves, we became aware of what it took to travel by boat from Belize City to Corozal all along the coast. We also learnt about the devastating influenza that struck Belize at various points. Most valuably, we obtained a snap shot of Belize’s educational system in the 19th Century and the harsh environmental and economic realities existing then.