Frantz Smith

Phone:(+501) 631-6472

Email frantz@belizeinfocenter.org


Marilynn Tulcey

Phone:(+501) 608-8088

Email mtulcey@gmail.com


Emily Martinez Palacio

Phone:(+501) 630-0572

Email emilypalacioava@gmail.com

Let’s see how much you know about Belize.

Where do the verbs Affirm, Respect, Believe, Recognize, Require, Desire above come from?

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VISION

InterLogic Publishers, through its Belizeinfocenter.org website, aims to make Belizean history and civics the most accessible history and civics in Central America and the Caribbean.

MISSION

To become a premier repository of information on history, current events and civics available to Belizeans and visitors.

VALUES

Belizeinfocenter.org places a high level of importance on knowledge in creating a better life for all Belizeans.

Belizeinfocenter.org endeavors to make information about Belize available to all Belizeans.

OBJECTIVES

To use the Internet to make Belizeans and visitors aware of the geologic, natural, economic, political, and cultural history of Belize.

To compile the history of Belize and make it available to citizens and visitors on the Internet.

What we do?

In 2013, we dared to start teaching Belizean lessons which were previously not taught to the masses but reserved for the elites. We did this to show to roots Belizeans, some useful paths to personal development in our homeland. Watch ya.

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Why did we do this?

A lot of us Belizeans are not reaching our full potential because we lack access to high-impact, meaningful information that can drive positive personal outcomes. So, we wrote something that showed connections that were not shown before: Where we came from as a nation, what challenges face most Belizeans as we become adults, and what are unique opportunities for those of us who stay to develop Belize.

After our first printing, we aligned our book to the Belizean Studies curriculum that emerged in 2019, the same year that the first edition of Belize Facts and Figures was published and printed. The curriculum teaches about Belize with eight big questions below.

After we published our second edition, we published a workbook and a workbook app in 2021. The workbook app is pretty cool. Basically, it’s the workbook on a laptop or an Android phone. Anybody can use it and anybody can check the students’ progress. About ½ of the work in the app is computer-graded and ½ has to be graded by the teacher.

By the time you finish using these products, you will be an expert on Belize and you will see where you can fit in. You will be at a distinct advantage while moving forward in life, but we want you to advance joyfully and having fun all the way.

Do you intend to have fun learning on this website?

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How to use our workbook app.  Its pretty cool.

 

1. How can we study Belize?

  • Gather data by reading, recording or capturing notes or bytes from experiments or observations of your surroundings.
  • Analyzed the data including words or numbers to make conclusions and produce information.
  • Information is then complied and simplified to produce knowledge.
  • The acquisition of different forms of knowledge produces wisdom or the ability to make the correct choices in unprecedented situations.

Wisdom complicates your life.

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2. What does it mean to be Belizean?

Belizeans are:

Respectful, humble, fair, friendly, live within their means, resourceful, traditional, caring.  Some Belizeans do have Agape love.

The Nation:

There are many ethnic groups who form the nation of Belize and they each bring something different to the table.

Belize has the highest population growth rate in CARICOM and SICA, but one of the lowest annual GDP growth rates in these two regions. Is that a ticking time bomb or an opportunity?

Name an exemplary Belizean that you have met:

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3. Where did we come from?

Most Belizeans are descendants of immigrants.

The Yurumein was started by which ethnic group?

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The first people arrived in Belize about 13,000 years ago.

 

The first civilization in Belize were the Maya who developed a prosperous society for a significant portion of the population.

 

Some of our ancestors were brought here forcefully. Millions died during the Middle Passage and their bodies were thrown into the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. They were kidnapped to work and die so that the colonizers could attain immeasurable wealth, so much money that no one family could use or spend.

portrait of slaves

Who are these men being forced to work in Belize in the 1700s?
Hint: Select two options

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Some of our ancestors came here to avoid war and seek opportunities to be productive.

Activity 1

Save this map, print it and label where different ethnic groups in Belize originated from.

4. What are humanity’s big turning points and what role does Belize play in the world?

Belizean Timeline/Turning Points

Thinking up of Belize

This meeting was at a major turning point in Belize.

Below is a timeline of some major events that have impacted Belize.  Click the event below that matches with the illustration above.

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5. How can all Belizeans thrive, now and in the future? What connects humanity and nature?

Do you think the people in this diagram Suspect each other or Trust each other?

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Have you heard of the Mennonite Trust system?

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Belizeans love green forests and blue waters. But many of the forests have been abused and we have sent at least one of our marine species into extinction.

Belize’s coast and the land are vulnerable so we must be proactive in protecting these from the rising sea.

There is constant need to be vigilant that we protect our forest ecosystems from abuse.

Deforestation has occurred in Belize and we should replant forest species like mahogany, rosewood, granadillo and zericote.

Parrots have been “overloved” in Belize and their habitats need to be protected. Save this map, print it and shade the area of the Bladen Volcanic Member where Scarlet McKaws frequent during specific times of the year. Investigate the geology of this area and tell why it is special.

Activity 2

painting of grouper

 

Groupers have been overfished at many spawning aggregations in our Internal Waters.   Identify some spawning aggregation sites on this protected areas map that you can save.

Activity 3

Do you think it is better to depend more on the resources that surround us which can be easily harvested and depleted or the resource of our brains which we can develop for most of our lives?

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6. Why is Belize an independent nation-state?

Belize is independent and has self-determination because the nation has:
Hint: There is more than one correct answer
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Activity 4

Label the location of the 3 markers on the western border and the 18 features that make up our baseline in the maritime area.

Belize Boundaries

7. How can we live together in harmony and how does power function in Belize?

The Constitution and Laws of Belize were written to organize the government and society by sharing power, protect the freedoms and rights of citizens and respect our state and national symbols.

Who are these three people in the image above and what positions did they hold?
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These are the First Minister, First Governor General, Second Prime Minister

8. Who creates change in Belize and how can we all make change for the better?

People who can lead make change happen. These are people who have vision, live positively, and are willing to go above and beyond in their work.

portrait of processing agricultural produce

Analyze the art and suggest what the lady above is leading.

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Study this art and tell the time period and location in Belize.  What hotel is featured and who was the owner?  In what association was the owner a pioneer?

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Additional Issues

Why is my education very important to me and my family?

  • It is up to me to make my education relevant to my life today and tomorrow in Belize
  • My education will help me to reduce poverty in Belize to less than 10% by 2050 by creating new and honorable opportunities for myself and my neighbors.
  • My education will equip me to lead our new industries in food, energy, biotechnology, wood, mining, garments/fashion, transportation, and yet unknown industries so that manufacturing will contribute 40% of our GDP by 2050.

It is important to understand the people, culture, and history of our nation.

Knowing our history: History is for us to estimate and plan for the future: not to glorify or lament over the past. We use history to help understand the present and create a worthwhile future.

By knowing our history we will be able to see how those who have lived before us faced their challenges and worked to solve them. Some have been conscientious and solved problems, some were indifferent and never did anything special. Others have been the cause of some of the challenges in our country.

Despite our country’s history, we are responsible for our own lives, to develop and give account for the talents that have been bestowed into each of us to make good things happen and for the country to be a better place for all.

Is this website fun or boring?

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I value my education now and forever

  • I will make my education relevant to my life today and tomorrow in Belize in preparation of global change.
  • My Education and My Creativity can definitely take me places.  A good place to find inspiration is to look at Belizean overcomers.
  • I will study hard to take leadership positions in our food, energy, biotechnology, wood, mining, garments/fashion, transportation and yet unknown industries so that manufacturing will contribute 40% of our GDP by 2050.
  • I am young and my mind is my biggest asset. I can do almost anything I am capable of imagining if my mind is educated.
  • I will reduce poverty in Belize to less than 10% by 2050 by creating new and exciting opportunities for myself and my neighbors even if my own people oppose me.
  • Even though I have faced a lot of challenges from very young, I will not be discouraged and I will sacrifice to make good things
  • I will not commit any kind of offense or crime.
  • I will strive to attain my bachelor’s degree.
  • I will always be proud of what I make and I will never be ashamed to sell things that I grow or make.

 

 

Knowing our history:  History is for us to estimate and plan for the future: not to glorify or lament over the past.  We use history to help understand the present and create a worthwhile future.

By knowing our history we will be able to see how those who have lived before us faced the challenges dealt to them and worked to solve them.  Some have been conscientious and solved problems, some were indifferent and never did anything special.  Others have been the cause of some of the problems in our country.

But today, we are responsible for our own lives, to develop and give account for the talents that have been bestowed into each of us to make the country a better place for all.

We help to open people’s minds with facts, which are the building blocks to free-up people from misconceptions and foster the creative and problem solving spirit.

 

Part of nixtamalization process to convert corn into masa, a delicious and nutritious food.

Timbers of Belize

Belize has kept over 36% of its forest under protection and this is the highest rate in Central America.
Consequently, thousands of acres of natural healthy forests in the northwest, coastal north, west of the Maya Mountains, Winward slope of the Maya Mountains, and Toledo District are under conservation.
Wood is a most valuable resource from these areas that can bring environmental, social and economic advancement to micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and rural workers in a sustainable circular economy.
By using wood in a legal and sustainable way, SMEs both benefit from and protect forests under Belize’s forest laws which have successfully guarded individual timber species and entire forest ecosystems since 1927.
Our forests are extensive and can survive naturally without us humans. But if we cut our forests at the rate that other countries have done, our lives would be starkly different.
If we cut forests unsustainably, some of the outcomes would include:

  1. Changes in weather patterns.
  2. Disappearance of pollinator species like bees, then decline in agriculture leading to food scarcity.
  3. Landslide and landslips.
  4. Epic floods.
  5. Coastal erosion.
  6. Heating of our environment.
  7. Unavailability of forest foods such as fruits and game meat.
  8. Soil erosion.
  9. Scarcity of clean water
  10. Air pollution and poor air quality
  11. Lack of wood for building.
  12. Desertification

Read more about the woods of Belize here.