A Walk Through Benque Viejo published Print
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Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:00

As part of the Seventh International Festival of Culture program, a book entitled, ‘A Walk Through Benque Viejo’ has been released at the Centennial Memorial Park in Benque Viejo Town. The splendid book, which highlights a number of prominent Benque landmarks, along with the Town’s culture and history, was distributed to students last Friday.

The book itself is the product of the cooperation between the National Institute of Culture and History, through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research and author David Ruiz, who wrote the manuscript. Both the Belize Archives and Records Service BARS and the National Heritage Library NHL of the Belize National Library Service and Information System BNLSIS were also instrumental in the production of the book.

Acknowledgments have also been conveyed for the production of the book to members of the Community of Artists for Cultural and Historical Endeavours CACHE and the staff of the Benque Viejo House of Culture, who compiled some data and were part of the original manuscript team. Elma Arzu, Montse Casademunt and Dr. Allan Moore also had an input in A Walk Through Benque Viejo.

As explained to the students on Friday by Mrs. Adele Catzim-Sanchez, who is the Chief Executive Officer within the Ministry of Education, Youth Sports & Culture, the Benque Viejo community “…has been one of the most innovative in the Country…” and the new Book will be incorporated in the educational system. The Belize Tourism Board will also design training using the ‘A Walk Through Benque Viejo’.

CEO Sanchez  also told the students during the publication’s launch that one of things that Government had to do was to figure out where Belize was heading by 2030.

“There is this thing called Horizon 2030 which sets out the big vision of what we want to achieve…culture plays a very important role… we’ve worked on a growth and sustainable development strategy,  the GSDS,  and our National Culture Policy, which we launched last year March...if we are going to grow economically and if we are going to bring peace to the communities, we are going to understand each other better,  we have to make sure that we invest in our culture,  we have to start by understanding ourselves, who we are, where we came from and that will make sure that we appreciate ourselves better,  it allows us to develop the people who we see as our own local heroes,” she said.

Some of those passage are now the hallmark in the publication of A Walk Through Benque Viejo.

“We find out who those local heroes are what they did for us in our community and find out how come we could have all the freedoms that we have today, people fought for these freedoms that we enjoy, and the next thing that you said is you have to figure out how you get to where you want to go, so how do we get to that place of bringing peace to our communities of understanding culture?”