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Belizeanizing History: Decolonizing an independent Belize #544794
09/08/20 02:21 PM
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Join us on September 16, 2020, for the 7th edition of the National September Lecture featuring a prolific set of presenters.

Our esteemed panelists will be taking on the big questions:

What is the relevance of decolonization?
How did decolonization contribute to Belize's independence?
Why decolonize education?
How does decolonization apply to indigenous peoples?

The lecture will air live at 9:30 a.m. local time on

Please send us your questions and comments at bha.belize[at]

Thanks to our sponsors and collaborators at the Institute for Social & Cultural Research ISCR NICH and the Belize National Celebrations Commission.

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Re: Belizeanizing History: Decolonizing an independent Belize [Re: Marty] #544918
09/15/20 04:25 AM
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Belizeaning History - Decolonizing an Independent Belize
Discussion on this upcoming event.

Meet one of the presenters, Ifásínà Efunyemi!

[Linked Image]Ifasínà Efunyemi is a Belizean writer, educator, journalist and advocate. She has been an advocate since her teenage years and that advocacy began in the area of cultural preservation. She became actively involved in the National Garifuna Council as a teenager and also participated in the planning of the first Barranco Village Homecoming, Warigoun Barangu. She was also involved in the People’s Movement with the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR) and Belize Black Summit organized by the UBAD Educational Foundation and the World Garifuna Organization.

During her studies at the University of the West Indies, she was actively involved in the Belize Students Association of Jamaica and took part in numerous events promoting Belize’s history and culture. One such event was titled “Let’s Talk Garifuna: Our Story, Not His-Story” which was an examination of the Garifuna journey of exile from St. Vincent to Belize.

Research and history are areas of great interest to her and so when the Belize History Association was being formed back in 2014, she was among its founding members. She has been involved in several small projects including being the co-author of the book A Walk Through the Culture Capital, Dangriga. Her love for history can be heard in the passion with which she speaks about history. Since commencing her teaching career in 2008 at Stann Creek

Ecumenical Junior College in Dangriga, she has taught Belizean History, Caribbean Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Business Communication, and Research Methods. In addition to teaching, she remains involved in several organizations including the National Garifuna Council, the Productive Organization for Women in Action (POWA), and currently, she is a Senior Member of the Belize History Association. In 2019, she received the Woman of the Year award for the Stann Creek District and was also awarded the United Nation’s Religion Fellowship by OutRight Action International.

We look forward to you joining the discussion on "Belizeanizing History: Decolonizing an independent Belize"

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[Linked Image]Meet one of the presenters, Dr. Filiberto Penados!

Dr. Filiberto Penados, is a Maya educator, and activist scholar from Succotz Village whose work focuses on indigenous education and future-making. He has held faculty positions at the University of Belize and Galen University and has been adjunct faculty at University of Toronto, University of Belize and University of Manitoba. His experience also includes working as a Child Development and Education Officer at UNICEF, serving as Research Director at the University of Belize and establishing Tumul Kin Center of Learning, an alternative Indigenous education center. He has a long history of involvement in indigenous movements in Belize and Central America. He has taught, written and presented on topics including the decolonization of education and development. He is currently Founding Advisor at the Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad and President of the Julian Cho Society (a Maya organization in southern Belize).

[Linked Image]Meet one of the presenters, Delmer Tzib!

Delmer Tzib is an educator at St. Johns College High School in Belize City, Belize. Since 2013, he has continually worked in the process of decolonizing history in the education system. He participated in the development of St. Johns’ College’s history curriculum and also contributed towards the current Belizean Studies framework for high schools. Mr. Tzib possesses a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Belize, a post-graduate diploma in history from the University of the South Pacific, a Diploma in Education Methodology from the University of Belize, and a Master’s degree from the University of the South Pacific. Mr. Tzib has worked on four publications, the Black Cross Nurses, Rights: The 1919 Revolution, E-Consciousness, and Maximo: The Last Alcalde of San Jose Yalbac. The publications focus on stories that have been marginalized from the general narratives of Belizean history. A proud native of San Antonio, Cayo, a Maya community, Mr. Tzib is also an advocate for community activities that promote the Maya culture, traditions, and language.

[Linked Image]Jordan Craig!

Jordan Craig presently works within the Policy section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize. She was part of the national Public Awareness Campaign in the lead up to the Referendum on whether Belize should submit Guatemala’s territorial claim to the ICJ. Since 2017, Jordan has been a member of the Belizean Studies Working Group and supports the development of the Sovereignty unit of the Belizean Studies High-School curriculum. She has a master's degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and History from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

We look forward to you joining the discussion on "Belizeanizing History: Decolonizing an independent Belize"

Re: Belizeanizing History: Decolonizing an independent Belize [Re: Marty] #544953
09/16/20 11:41 AM
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Happening Now! The 7th Edition of the National September Lecture, 2020. Topic of discussion: Independence and Decolonization. Tune in for a guaranteed enriching discourse!

Description: The Belize September Lecture is a yearly event that has been co-organized and supported by the Belize History Association, the National Celebration’s Committee and the Institute for Social and Cultural Research of the National Institute of Culture and History. The goal of the lecture is to bring pioneering research ideas and findings on Belize’s history to the forefront.
Topic: This year’s topic is independence and decolonization. The purpose of the topic is to highlight the discursive relationship between independence and decolonization as theory and praxis. Panelists are asked to contribute to the discourse by historicizing and contextualizing the actions, events, outcomes and processes of independence and decolonization in selected areas, e.g. economically, politically, educationally, and socially.

Panelists: Panelists are expected to deliver a presentation within 15 minutes.

1. Ifáṣínà Efunyemi - The Relevance of Decolonization
2. Jordan Craig - Internationalization as Decolonization Praxis: Independence and Beyond
3. Delmer Tzib - Why Decolonize Education?
4. Filiberto

Re: Belizeanizing History: Decolonizing an independent Belize [Re: Marty] #544984
09/18/20 04:32 AM
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Decolonizing Development

And, largely, that book and the discussions around it are about shaking off the shackles of colonialism, and neo-colonialism - and finding new political and social systems more relevant to developing nations.

That was also the subject of the 7th Edition of the Belize September Lecture which was held yesterday. It's called Decolonizing an Independent Belize - and this year - due to COVID - it had to be held on a Zoom platform.

Still, the event was loaded with perspective and went on for three hours plus. Here's a few quick clips.

Ifasina Efunyemi - Presenter

"The question we must now ask is to what extent have we truly departed from colonial rule and all that was imposed on us by the British. The relevance of this consideration, this analysis is to assess out independence at 39. For the master's tool will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to be beat him at his own game but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change."

Delmer Tzib - Presenter

"The fact is that political independence in 1981 did not give us independence of the mind and we must start a process to deconstruct, reconstruct and recast our sense of being."

Jordan Craig - Presenter

"I challenge you all to think of sovereignty beyond just Belize and Belizean using our institution to make decisions. It is also our collaborative work with like-minded partners but the challenges to our sovereignty that come with internationalization when countries with different interest from ours challenge us to make choices that are not in our interest and that often happens with the western countries that exert their influence and power over us and diminish our sovereignty."

Also in the question and answer section, one of the presenters was asked about areas where the country's education system is being held back due to inherited colonial structures. Elmer Tzib is a history teacher at Saint John's College, who played a very important role in the development of SJC's curriculum for African and Mayan historical studies. Here's his take on how our colonial ties are negatively affecting the education system:

Delmer Tzib

"So, one of the things that we need to do is to broaden the definition of what education means. Because, in indigenous forms of education, talking - as Ifasina mentioned earlier, oral accounts, sharing stories, and teaching children certain skills, that was all part of education as a whole. So, when we talk about changing the education system, we also need to take a look at that particular aspect, where teaching - but not only teaching to think, but teaching to also say, hey, education is not only housed within this classroom. The second aspect of it is we also need to give respect to indigenous knowledge. Now, I know that some institutions are trying to put in some indigenous knowledge within the curriculum. But, even that, if you look at it from an objective standpoint, the indigenous that is being incorporated is not necessarily given the same value as the other western knowledge that is being incorporated. For example, I know of schools that try to teach the Maya language in the classroom but that is just 1 session that they teach the Maya language. Yet, all of the other classes are given in the English language. So, you see this is not the same value given to both languages."

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