Belize City Council Summer Program: Shaping Young Minds for a Better Belize Tomorrow Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 August 2012 00:00

Campers put on thier snorkling gearBelize City Council Mayor Darrell Bradley, Councillor Alain Gonazalez, Phillip Singh, Community Outreach Officer in collaboration with Oceana had a successful summer camp. Singh said this year’s theme was – “Shaping Young Minds for A Better Belize Tomorrow”. This camp had 70 kids from Standards 4 thru to 6. The kids visited the Old Belize Museum and Beach, Goff’s Caye, Bacab Eco Park, The Belize Zoo and the Prison. One of the most enjoyed was the trip to Goff’s Caye, which included a snorkel on the reef. Thirty of the children had never been to Goff’s Caye and an equal majority had never snorkeled before. After one of the kids dipped his goggles below the water for the first time he shouted out in excitement and amazement, “Sir! Sir! Fishes!” Others were amazed by the Brain Coral. Words can’t describe the heartfelt emotions you get when you see children so alive with amazement.

Singh goes on to mention the most unfortunate and saddening aspect of the event was the senseless shooting of incident of the 11-year-old Carlene Pinto, who was one of the children who participated in the Summer Camp Program and who was excited about attending the snorkeling trip. This horrific incident denied her the opportunity to visit Belize’s magnificent Barrier Reef. Oceana in Belize’s Vice President Audrey Shepherd extends its sincerest prayers for her full recovery.  Shepherd went on to say when she is well and fully recovered Oceana promises to still afford her an opportunity to visit her country’s reef, her reef.

Singh also noted that the program is geared towards nurturing the children to become positive, productive Belizeans by removing them from the usual high risk environments in which they reside and showing them the true beauty and possibilities which Belize has to offer them.