THE GAMAE GARIFUNA LANGUAGE & CULTURE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE (THE INSTITUTE)
CARIB RESERVE – DANGRIGA, BELIZE
During the course of ten years of consultations, cultural activists, stakeholders and community participants, GAMAE repeatedly identified a vision for an economic growth and development strategy and plan for the Dangriga Garifuna Community that will be based on the collective values of respect, tolerance, hard work, democracy, social justice and the empowerment of children, youth and young adults. It was suggested that these core values should be reanimated to ensure the success of future generations of Garifuna children, youth and young adults. For this reason, the Institute’s policy framework is a values-based document in which the participants will identify the need to build social cohesion among the diverse Dangriga populations, and to do so by proposing a model that allows all Garifuna children, youth, young adults and other cultural groups the theoretical and practical space for cultural expression and creativity.
THE GAMAE ARTS AND CULTURE DIVISION
UTILIZE THE PERFORMING ARTS MEDIUM TO PROMOTE GARIFUNA CULTURE AND LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION, PRESERVATION, MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
The GAMAE Performing Arts Programs and Projects are hands-on experience that allow the children, youth and young adults to participate in a performing arts workshop to build morale, leadership skills, public speaking, oratory, team development and to empower the younger generation. The goal is to have our students and participants pursue their creative skills, their talent, their dreams, and their aspirations and to gain valuable leadership skills that can lead them to fulfilling and rewarding careers.