The office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to produce animated videos from the My Body is Precious “good touch, bad touch” book in the Garifuna, Maya and English languages.
This initiative was born out of the belief that all children have the right to get information in a way that they understand and the realization that there are communities, primarily in southern Belize where Garifuna and Maya are the most commonly spoken languages. These are also languages that are rarely used in written form. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is proud to be able to extend her advocacy efforts for child abuse prevention to these communities where the children and their families may not speak or fully understand English.
The Maya and Garifuna versions of the book were recorded with the parts of Dee Dee, Lisa and Alex being read by students from Kuxlin Ha Government School and Gulisi Community Primary School respectively. The animation was also produced in English, featuring students from Garden City Primary School.
The animations were launched on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 10:00am at the Bliss Center in Belize City with over 500 students from the aforementioned schools in attendance. Click here to view animations.