On Friday, July 21, 2017, the National Assembly of Belize welcomed a visit from the National Library Turton Branch Summer Camp from Belize City, to it’s Chamber. Approximately 40 students between the ages of 5 to 15, and 6 adults were present at the visit.
The group was greeted by Ms. Eudice Gibson 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. The presentation was conducted by Mr. Eddie Webster, Clerk to the National Assembly, where by he gave them 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.”
At the end of the presentation, the children and adults were given the opportunity to ask questions that they had pertaining to the information shared to them. All questions were answered.