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Apprenticeship Program
Published on March 4, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Apprenticeship Program

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

Belize has always had an apprenticeship program
That is one of the hallmarks of the this nation
This is an area in which many have made a contribution
Friendship youth club, Stafford youth group program
This was a part of the 50s, 60s, 70s Belize youth revolution
Liberty Hall had one for generations
Back in the days every established tradesman was part of the program

However after the heads of agreement in 1980 bredda man
The youth movements in Belize suffered deterioration
Killing the youths’ dreams and aspirations
Ensuring that there was not another youth insurrection
The ruling party stifled all these programs
Encouraging political patronage
Systematically destroying the youths’ vigor and courage
Any initiative for the youth upliftment was discouraged

They started half ass initiatives
Employing espionage; anytime they got too powerful they employed sabotage
Our best craftsmen and sports men went abroad searching for greener pastures
Whenever NGOs brought proposals government reneged
Imagine where Belize would be if the government fully supported
Imagine if where Belize would be if programs evaluation and monitoring was entrenched
Imagine where Belize would be if the Youth Enhancement Academy was supported
Imagine where Belize would if the multi-sporting complex proposal from NCH was accepted
Minster Montejo was not interested
Now we are reaping the benefits for not having invested

Belize needs a skilled labour force
The dropout rate for males is getting worse
The public service is saturated of course
Going back to the apprenticeship system is our only recourse
But it needs vision of course
Merging technical to for UB was a curse
Clearly our politicians were thinking like Smurfs

Thanks to the Almighty for Dianne Finnegan
With a range of experience from youth for the future and the prison
This sister clearly has the vision
With her youth apprenticeship program
Our youths are getting and education that well rounded
With international personalities the youths are elated
Her conviction is solid
Her principles are splendid
I am deeply moved by not afraid to speak truth to power
Molding youth to take over
Lobbying government getting the program fully funded
I’ll give credit where it is due she must be supported
Getting parents and the community actively involved
Apprenticeship in Belize has indeed evolved
Our youth deviance problem is slowly being solved
This program must continue even after this government is dissolved
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