August Business/Money Management Classes

HELP International will be hosting another round of Business/Money Management classes for High School graduates and young adults. The workshop will be very hands on, covering the basics of budgeting, saving and banking. The focus will be toward personal finances, but we will also study how these principles apply to business, with an emphasis on starting or building a small business.

Schedule: August 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Call HELP International representative Calvin Tyler at 650-3553 for more information and registration.


From our children’s library…

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving book for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member. For more information, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!


Martial Arts at the Taiwan Cultural Exchange Summer Camp (2010)

This w eek the Centre hosted a cultural exchange programme between a Taiwanese team from the Fu Jen Catholic University and close to 100 youth from the Belmopan area.  To close off th is summer camp, the young people will show off what they have learned:  Aboriginal and Folk Dances, Martial Arts, Diabolo, …  All are invited to come and enjoy the show this Friday, July 23 at 6PM. Free  entrance. Refreshments will be served!



Are we ready for Genetically Engineered Food in Belize?

The documentary “The Future of Food” offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed about the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.

The Future of Food examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today. The Future of Food reveals that there is a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.

Free screenings offered by Belize Health Hut
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Presentations at 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

On Sunday July 25 from 2.00 to 5.00 p.m., the El Shaddai Seventh Day Adventist Church, along with a group of international Medical Missionaries will be hosting a Health Expo at the Centre’s Auditorium.

Come in for free health consultations; have your blood glucose, body fat percentage and blood pressure checked; do the Harvard fitness test and then… enjoy a relaxing anti-stress massage!

All services are free, so bring out the entire family!


Gain hands-on experience on how to create a moving documentary film! This theoretical and practical course will focus on film analysis, discovering and building your documentary idea and basic HD video production to bring that story to life.

The workshop will be facilitated by Cybel Martin and co-¬facilitated by members of the Global Parish Project, a Belize-¬based non-¬profit organization dedicated to the promotion of documentary storytelling. Cybel Martin is the first and only African-¬American woman to receive an MFA in Cinematography from New York University’s Tisch School. She has years of experience, shooting both 35mm and High Def, for feature films, commercials and documentaries. Her documentary work has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, PBS and MSNBC and at the Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals.

July 22 and 23
9.00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Registration Fee: $120
50% discount for students/members of Global Parish Project
To register contact 604–5571 or editor@theglobalparish.org





The future is in the hands of today’s young adults. It is vitally important that we equip today’s young adults for success with tools to help them become positive influences in the communities in which they live. The aims of this Leadership Project are to aid youth in acquiring leadership tools to help them obtain physical evidences of their great potential and help them lead positive initiatives in their communities.

This class has been designed for high school graduates and students attending junior college or university. It will be a one month course that will meet twice a week for about 90 minutes. Students will learn and practice skills such as:

1. Public speaking

2. Resume and job interview trainings

3. How to create and manage positive perceptions within an organization

4. Goal setting strategies

5. Tips for running efficient and effective meetings

6. Conflict resolution and

7. Discussions on how to start and create organizations/businesses to fulfill specific objectives.

DATE: Mondays and Wednesday – Start on July 21st
TIME: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.
FACILITATOR: Help International
COST: Free

On July 3rd and 4th the Centre will be the venue for the Circuit Assembly Day for Jehovah’s Witnesses in American Sign Language.

The event will be presented entirely in American Sign Language to meet the needs of to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities in the country of Belize. Jehovah’s Witnesses from all the Districts will be attending. The program consists of bible-based talks, demonstrations, interviews and soliloquies.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are members of a worldwide Christian religion who actively share with others information about God, whose name is Jehovah, and about his Son, Jesus Christ. They base their beliefs solely on the principles found in the Holy Bible and view first-century Christianity as their model. They believe that in addition to drawing one closer to God, living by Bible principles gives purpose to life, promotes strong family ties, and develops productive and honest citizens.

No admission fee. For more information please contact Mr. George Belisle Assistant director of the event at 601-63-24 or Mr. Juan Cruz 620-5139.


Hard Words
The Challenge of Reading and Writing for Caribbean Students and their Teachers
by S. Joel Warrican

Throughout the Caribbean, there is concern about the standards of writing among students. This concern is verbalized in numerous reports from the CXC on student’s performance in English. Hard Words offers solutions to this problem by exploring the effects of English-based Creole on students’ writing and by promoting reading as a powerful tool that can assist students and teachers in the classroom.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member. For more information, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

Respect in a World of Inequality
by Richard Sennett

In this fusion of personal memoir and reflective scholarship, Richard Sennett addresses the need and social responsibility for respect in the uncertain world of “flexible” social relationships.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member. For more information, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!


Why Government Can’t Save You
An Alternative to Political Activism
by John MacArthur

Author John MacArthur illustrates through Scripture that, regardless of the numerous immoral, unjust and ungodly failures of secular government, believers are to pray and seek to influence the world for Christ by godly, selfless and peaceful living under that authority, not by protest against the government or by acts of civil disobedience.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member. For more information, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!


For more information on the subjects of peace and development, you might want to consult the following sites:

  • The Carter Centre (www.cartercenter.org): The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering.
  • Peace One Day (www.peaceoneday.org): Peace One Day is a non-profit organisation committed to raising awareness of Peace Day, 21st September, an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

Keep an eye on this page.  More links will follow…


The multi-media exhibit: “George Price – man of purpose and vision” takes you on a journey through Belize’s history in search of George Price, the man behind the politician who “by the Might of Truth and the Grace of God” led the young nation of Belize from a British colony to a strong, dynamic and independent country. The permanent exhibit is often complimented by smaller, traveling exhibits which can all be visited free of cost.


George Price


At the museum you can also buy the following on George Price:

  • DVD “George Price – man of purpose and vision” ($25.00)
  • Book “Profile of the Right Honourable George Price -Man of the People” by Rudolph Castillo ($30.00)
  • Booklet “George Price – Journey of a Belizean Hero” by Meg Craig and Yasser Musa (15.00)
  • Book “George Price – Father of the Nation Belize” ($15.00) ***currently out of print
  • Book “George and the People – A photo documentary 1973-1974” by Norris Hall ($30.00)
  • Booklet “The George Price Legacy” by Hector Silva, Sr. ($5.00)
  • Book “My Friend, George Price” by Emory King ($20.00) ***currently out of print
  • Postcards and Note-cards ($2.00 – $4.00)




Change and adaptation, challenges and failures, persistence and triumphs -each of these themes are critical components of Belize’s past and present.  But what does the future hold for Belize?  Whatever the answer, the George Price Centre for Peace and Development is here to stand as a beacon of hope, striving for a caring community free from war, oppression and unfairness.  Your generous support will provide us with a source of income that will safeguard and nurture, creating wonderful opportunities which will positively affect the people of Belize… forever.

You can help by becoming a Friend of the Centre, or by making any monetary contribution at the Centre.  We are currently in the process of setting up a new bank account.  We will announce the details of this account soon and invite you to join us in building peaceful communities in Belize.

Thank you for your support to the Centre and the exciting possibilities it holds!


Summer Programmes (2007)






  • Where is the Centre located?  When can we visit?
    Price Centre Road
    Belmopan, BELIZE (Central-America)
    Tel: 501-822-1054
    E-Mail: saidygodettegpc@gmail.com
    Open Monday through Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (Fridays to 5.00 p.m.)Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Who created the Centre?
    The George Price Centre for Peace and Development was established through the collaborative effort of a group of close friends and admirers of the Right Honourable George Price – Belize’s first Premier, Prime Minister and National Hero.
  • When was the Centre built?
    While the not-for-profit company was established in 2000, the Centre was officially inaugurated on September 21, 2002 and opened its doors to the public on January 15, 2004 -Mr. Price’s 85th birthday.
  • Where does the Centre receive its funding from?
    Contrary to popular believe, the Centre is a Non-Governmental Organization and does not receive its funding from GOB. The Centre’s main source of income is derived from rentals, as well as donations, fundraisers and our endowment fund.
  • What is the Centre’s objective?
    The Centre promotes the peaceful development of Belize and its people through study, dialogue and expression of the arts, among other.

Youth Forum (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

• When was Mr. Price born?

Mr. Price, son of William Cadle Price and Irene Cecilia Escalante was born on January 15, 1919.  He was the third of eleven children.

• What is Mr. Price’s educational background?

His early schooling was at Holy Redeemer and St. John’s College in Belize.  Later, he attended the St. Augustine Minor Seminary in Mississippi, USA and the Mayor Seminario Conciliar in Guatemala.

• What about Mr. Price’s political career?

George Price entered into politics in 1944.  With three days of preparation, he lost his first election. In 1947 however, he was elected to the Belize City Council and from 1958 to 1962 he was the Mayor of that Capital.  In protest against the devaluation of the British Honduran dollar in 1949, a few citizens, George Price included, formed the People’s Committee. Here was the start of the Peaceful, Constructive, Belizean Revolution. It was the forerunner of the Peoples United Party, officially established on September 29, 1950. 6 Years later, George Price was elected Party Leader. After leading the PUP to unprecedented 9 out of 11 electoral victories, being appointed First Minister, Premier (1964) and Prime Minister (1981) George Price stepped aside as party leader in 1996.

 


TRAVELING WITH MR. PRICE

The tour of Belize in the 1970s was undoubtedly the most memorable experience in my career (…) It was hard work as we traveled to every village and settlement of this country. We used just about every available mode of transportation, chief among them was the Premier’s trusted blue Land Rover driven by Jimmy “Loco” Dawson (although that got bogged-down off the beaten path of “proposed” road and required all the mechanical and man-power, including that of the Premier, to get out the muddy mess). We traveled on the backs of mules and on land clearing tractors. We trekked through jungle trails and knee-deep swamps to reach villages like More Tomorrow in the West, up hills and down hills, fording rivers to Jalacte and other Maya villages in the South – Mr. Price always in the lead.

During one of the tours, I had the misfortune to make contact with Poison Ivy, which left my hands swollen for days. Walking through jungle, I experienced body invasion by busy ticks. We traveled through coastal mangrove swamps on a very dark night in a cranky dory form Monkey River to the village of Independence, unable to make too rash a move as we were attacked too many times by too hungry mosquitoes. The one comforting thought that quickened my steps and hastened our arrival at our destination was the prospect of a neat drink of local rum followed by another quick one ‘down the hatch’.

My late night hangouts at the local watering holes after a day’s tour usually resulted in many lectures from Mr. Price that “late nights and early mornings don’t mix’’, and a variation on that theme, with the central theme being the virtues of good and clean living. Penance would be early morning Mass in the community in which we had spent the night, if there was a church or a priest available.

(From the introduction to George and the People -a photo documentary by Norris Hall)



While George Price is Belize’s National Hero, we want to hereby highlight other Peacemakers and Heroes throughout history that have helped to shape the world as we know it.  We will be adding to the list over time, but will start with a personal friend of Mr. Price, President Jimmy Carter, America’s 39th President:


JIMMY CARTER

Jimmy Carter aspired to make Government “competent and compassionate,” responsive to the American people and their expectations. His achievements were notable, but in an era of rising energy costs, mounting inflation, and continuing tensions, it was impossible for his administration to meet these high expectations.

Carter, who has rarely used his full name–James Earl Carter, Jr.–was born October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia. Peanut farming, talk of politics, and devotion to the Baptist faith were mainstays of his upbringing. Upon graduation in 1946 from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Carter married Rosalynn Smith. The Carters have three sons, John William (Jack), James Earl III (Chip), Donnel Jeffrey (Jeff), and a daughter, Amy Lynn.

After seven years’ service as a naval officer, Carter returned to Plains. In 1962 he entered state politics, and eight years later he was elected Governor of Georgia. Among the new young southern governors, he attracted attention by emphasizing ecology, efficiency in government, and the removal of racial barriers.

Carter announced his candidacy for President in December 1974 and began a two-year campaign that gradually gained momentum. At the Democratic Convention, he was nominated on the first ballot. He chose Senator Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota as his running mate. Carter campaigned hard against President Gerald R. Ford, debating with him three times. Carter won by 297 electoral votes to 241 for Ford.

Carter worked hard to combat the continuing economic woes of inflation and unemployment. By the end of his administration, he could claim an increase of nearly eight million jobs and a decrease in the budget deficit, measured in percentage of the gross national product. Unfortunately, inflation and interest rates were at near record highs, and efforts to reduce them caused a short recession.

Carter could point to a number of achievements in domestic affairs. He dealt with the energy shortage by establishing a national energy policy and by decontrolling domestic petroleum prices to stimulate production. He prompted Government efficiency through civil service reform and proceeded with deregulation of the trucking and airline industries. He sought to improve the environment. His expansion of the national park system included protection of 103 million acres of Alaskan lands. To increase human and social services, he created the Department of Education, bolstered the Social Security system, and appointed record numbers of women, blacks, and Hispanics to Government jobs.

In foreign affairs, Carter set his own style. His championing of human rights was coldly received by the Soviet Union and some other nations. In the Middle East, through the Camp David agreement of 1978, he helped bring amity between Egypt and Israel. He succeeded in obtaining ratification of the Panama Canal treaties. Building upon the work of predecessors, he established full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and completed negotiation of the SALT II nuclear limitation treaty with the Soviet Union.

There were serious setbacks, however. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan caused the suspension of plans for ratification of the SALT II pact. The seizure as hostages of the U. S. embassy staff in Iran dominated the news during the last 14 months of the administration. The consequences of Iran’s holding Americans captive, together with continuing inflation at home, contributed to Carter’s defeat in 1980. Even then, he continued the difficult negotiations over the hostages. Iran finally released the 52 Americans the same day Carter left office. (www.whitehouse.gov)

The George Price Archival Collection at the Centre houses over 15,000 documents, donated by Mr. Price.  The documents have been classified and organized chronologically with the assistance of the Belize Archives Department and students of the University of Belize. They range in topic from Personal to the Belize Guatemala Issue, the struggle for Independence, Belize’s Agriculture, the Belize Defence Force, and much, much more.

The collection will be made accessible to the public in the near future, when the proper protocols have been put in place.

Document - Appointment of Premier (1964)









Signing of MOU with the University of Belize, April 15, 2005

On April 15, 2005, the George Price Centre for Peace and Development entered into a memorandum of Understanding with the University of Belize with the objective of establishing institutional cooperation.  Since, we have collaborated in the areas our libraries, Reading Programme and the IT Training Centre.  In 2010, we trained all students of the Primary Education department in Conflict Resolution skills, which they in turn took to the schools in Belmopan.

The Centre’s Reading Programme, which originally started in the Summer of 2006 has benefited from a wonderful collaboration with the Belize Christian Academy.  Senior Students of the Belmopan-based school come in every Wednesday afternoon to help children with their reading skills.

Reading Programme



Since June 2010, the Centre has also been blessed with the placement of a US Peace Corps Volunteer, Cisco Fernandez, who will be focusing his efforts on the strengthening and expansion of the Conflict Resolution Programme.

The Centre works with a number of other partners and volunteers such as the Rotary Club of Belmopan, Challenges World Wide, the Belmopan Emergency Management Organizations and Voice your Opinion on Issues Concerning the Elderly (VOICE).


Mick Craig
Acting Chairman of the Board

Born on January 15, 1946 (sharing his birthday with Mr. Price who was born that very same day… in 1919) Mick Craig is the 3rd nephew of Mr. Price.  He graduated as an engineer from Marquette University (USA) in 1970 and started his career at the Ministry of Works of Belize.  He thereafter joined the Caribbean Development Bank, Belize Audubon Society, Help for Progress and is now managing The Book Centre.  Mr. Craig joined the Board from its inception in 2004 when he was asked to serve by Mr. Price.  In his words, “he felt honoured to be nominated to serve in the Board and is committed to continue his uncle’s struggle to bring peace and development to the country”.

 

Orton Clarke
Treasurer of the Board

America Waight
Member of the Board

Information to follow soon

 

Margaret Ventura
Member of the Board

Margaret Ventura joined the Public Service in 1978.  As a career Public Officer, she devoted a significant amount of years to the Belize Archives Department where she developed a passion for preservation of historical documents.  She supports the efforts of the Centre in promoting the work of Mr. Price and acepted to join the Board as she, in her words, “in her own small way desires to continue the efforts of promoting Peace and Development in Belize”.

 

Bryan Mena
Member of the Board

Information to follow soon

 

Elsie Zamora
Member/Secretary of the Board

Elsie Zamora earned her degree in Communications in Belgium and then moved to Belize where she worked with the Inter-American Development Bank and later as Project Manager at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority.  Elsie joined the Centre from its inception in 2004 and was appointed by the Board to be the Centre’s Curator and Coordinator.  Her passion is to help preserve and continue Mr. Price’s legacy of the peaceful development of Belize.


George Price at the innauguration of the Centre (September 21, 2002)


The George Price Centre for Peace and Development was established through the collaborative effort of a group of close friends and admirers of the Right Honourable George Price – Belize’s first Premier, Prime Minister and National Hero.  Their vision was for the Centre to not only be a place of history, but also a place where people could meet, study and research; protecting and safeguarding the unity, freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belize.

While the not-for-profit company was established in 2000, the Centre was officially inaugurated on September 21, 2002 and opened its doors to the public on January 15, 2004 -Mr. Price’s 85th birthday.  Since then, we created a permanent exhibit called “George Price: Man of Purpose and Vision”, we organized a comprehensive Archival Collection, developed a library, started up a Reading Programme as well as a Conflict Resolution programme.  In addition, we organized and hosted numerous information evenings, debates, workshops, training and cultural events.  In 2009, the Centre received full NGO status.

Despite its young history, the Centre has also become  the location of choice for institutions and organizations who wish to organize events in Belmopan.  We counted close to 30,000 visitors to the Centre in 2009, influenced in part by the new exhibit which attracts more visitors then ever before, as well as the frequent visits by UB students to use the computer lab, a new initiative which has also lead to greater involvement of students in our activities.

With the continued blessings of God and the strong support from the country, we are looking forward to a great future for the Centre, for the people of our Belmopan Community and for all Belizeans.

Exhibit: George Price - Man of Purpose and Vision



This is Cuba
An Outlaw Culture Survives
by Ben Corbett

At a time when Cuba walks precariously on the ledge between socialism and capitalism, This is Cuba gets to the heart of this so-called outlaw culture, taking readers into the living rooms, rooftops, parks and city streets to hear stories of frustration, hope and survival.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member. For more information, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!


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