Today, May 5th, 2016, at 9:00 A.M, the National Assembly of Belize got a special visit from the San Estevan R.C Primary School from Orange Walk. District. Approximately23 students, 1 teachers and 17 parents were present at the visit.
The group was greeted by Ms. Eudice Gibson and Ms. Mary August in the lobby of the National Assembly. They then had the privilege of entering into the Chamber and were seated in the gallery where the meetings of the House of Representatives (Lower House) and the Senate (Upper House) are held. They were then given a brief description of the historical background of the National Assembly.
The students were also given a brief history of the significant role that the Mace plays in the sitting of the House of Representatives. According to Standing Order 6(1) of the House the Mace is “The symbol of the dignity and authority of the House entrusted by it to the Speaker.”
During the tour, students were given the opportunity to ask questions that they had pertaining to the information shared to them. In closing Mrs. Gibson did her final activity by asking for two brave students to stand and give a short recap of what they had learned. The two students were rewarded with 5 extra points by their teacher.