This Children’s Agenda is underpinned by Government’s international commitments to children and adolescents, inter alia the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); and in national policies, strategies and actions plans such as Belize’s Horizon 2030, Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS), ECD Policy, the National Youth Policy and the National Parenting Framework, Curricula and Implementation Plan.
The Agenda is also aligned to the Government’s long-term development framework, Horizon 2030 and the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) which combines the country’s economic growth and poverty reduction strategies; and among other objectives, aims to promote the economic security of families through increasing the number of parents in employment.
The Agenda requires that the State and other duty bearers work together to support children and adolescents to reach their potential by ensuring that there is better coordination and collaboration, better supports for parents, that investment is made in quality early years care and education and that interventions are made at key times that support the building of resilience, supporting all children and adolescents in dealing well with what life brings them.
The Agenda adopts both a universal and a targeted approach. It focuses on the situation of all children and adolescents, while also identifying and giving priority to marginalised and disadvantaged groups. It recognises that to promote greater equality of outcomes for all, some children and adolescents will require additional support and particular inequalities or structural challenges will need to be tackled. It also takes into consideration children’s evolving capacity, how their rights are fulfilled and their needs met by exploring issues affecting a child or adolescent person at different stages of their lives.