Belize boasts of its rich and diverse culture and colourful ethnicity intricately braided in our Jewel’s history. For this reason there has always been a great demand for accurate representations of Belize’s history.
This formed the basis for this morning’s information session at the George Price Center in Belmopan. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through its Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) held an information session for the establishment of a National History Commission; inviting Belizean historians, researchers, and other interested persons. Mr. Giovanni Pinelo, Research and Education Officer for ISCR, tells us more about the session.
‘The excercise of today was an informative one, the invitation was sent out whether they are professional historians and history enthusiasts with the intention that they be informed and and to endorse the formation of an executive body that will ten be able to assist the general public in promoting what Belize’s history is like”.
Different individuals in the past have taken the initiative upon themselves to record Belize’s history through music, art, creative writing, and documentation; why then is it necessary for a National History Commission to be established in the country? Mr. Pinelo explains why:
Mr. Giovanni Pinelo: “To get things done, you look at the story of how you bring in firewood. If you bring it one-one, you take long, but if we are as a body, if we all having the same objective, work together, then the work load is done much more effectively. This is what this effort has been, to bring in people from different walks of life. We have people who are enthusiasts of history, oral historians, people who love to do research and documentation; we have people who work in the media, we have people who are excellent writers, we have artists, dramatists. So, these persons in one way or another, bring history to life. This is a mechanism through this History Commission to pool our resources together and make the teaching of Belizean history, an effective one”.
Giovanni Pinelo explains what’s next for the group.
Mr. Giovanni Pinelo: “The participants have agreed that we will meet on the 25th January 2014, and we will have a formal election of an executive. There are five seats that will be those who will be nominated and elected, and then, there are four ex oficio members. That’s the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, the Belize Archives and Reseacrh Services and the inclusion of ex oficio from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from the Ministry of Education.
Reporter: “How are the delegates for these five seats chosen?”
Mr. Giovanni Pinelo: “We will go through a nomination process. The people who show up, who have signed up and who really want to be a part of it, will remain. It’s through an election process that we will end up having an executive body that will work towards the promotion of Belizean history”.
All things being equal, Pinelo predicts that the National History Commission should be up and running in March 2014.