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Merry go round!
Published on August 18, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Merry go round!

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

Ring a ring a roses
A pocket full of poses
A tish-u, a tish-u we all fall down
Are we serious about juvenile reform?
Or are we playing merry-go-round?
Are we buying into Jim Crow-ism
And being tricked into creating more facilities for juvenile incarceration
The boot camp model has long faced extinction
Let’s stop playing games with our at risk population
We are seeing building construction at mile twenty-one
I hope that’s coming with a holistic curriculum
Unlike the customary imported one,
It has to be a homegrown one with monitoring and evaluation.

Merging the hostel and the cadet corps program
What about the youths at the Kolbe Criminal Orientation Institution?
Let’s not muddy the water to appease politicians
Under the guise of reformation under the banner of the CAPS program
It’s true you got ten million, yet still we have only one certified juvenile institution
With no certified juvenile drug rehabilitation center
What mechanisms are in place for the sustainability of this program?
We all know when money done it will drop dah water bottom
Then we will be back to square one
No government wants to take up the challenge of serious juvenile reformation
They continue playing games creating band aid approaches and experimentation
Look at Youth For the Future and the Conscious Youth Development programs
They all last the ruling party’s life span

Our politicians have insisted in closing down the Youth Southside Project Program
Was the plan to make this a part of the Collet Division?
This government clearly lacks vision
They are probably waiting to hear this from a white man
America has its own situation
Their programs won’t work here despite all the money they have in hand
They come from a different cultural orientation
Their system of governance is different from our one
Our programs must be skill-based instead of a mere academic program
We need to cater to the multiple intelligence of our youthman and woman
We need to minimize Belize’s unskilled population
It has to be culturally based with entrepreneurial orientation
If you need help check Dr Abigail Mack and Emerson
They have one, but then you’ll cast them aside because they are Belizeans
Let’s tap into our local resources and stop playing politicians
We all have a role to play in the future of this nation
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