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When I was born in Orange Walk Town on May 5th, 1999, my parents named me Angani Aisha Tzul. As a developing child, I received full health care and affection from both parents. At the age of 8, I transferred from La Inmaculada Primary School in Orange Walk town to Sacred Heart Primary School in the town of Dangriga after my mother was transferred to Stann Creek. This was a new experience for me as a young girl and it took time for me to adjust to a new environment and culture. After 3 years, my parents returned to Orange Walk and I transferred back to La Inmaculada Primary School where I haven’t been since I was in Standard two. After graduating from primary school, I attended Muffles College for 3 years then completed my secondary education at the San Juan Bautista High School where I graduated as the Salutatorian. I decided to enroll at Galen University in the Criminal Justice program and have pledged to optimize the vast learning opportunities that this institution has to offer me – an aspiring professional. As a vibrant and talented 18-years-old, who enjoys singing, cosmetology and assisting my mother in her money-lending business, I have learned relevant and sufficient lessons in areas such as economic management.

Having conducted a research on the term Sustainable Development, this is my understanding of this topic: Sustainable development is the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Darroch, 2016). There is a 2030 agenda that the United Nations has prearranged for world-wide Sustainable Development with 17 goals and 169 targets that involve tradeoffs across social, economic and environmental components. (Darroch, 2016). Generally, these goals can seek to conserve wild-life, recycle materials, sensitize populations to social differences, develop infrastructure, and improve health, education and institutions (United Nations, 2017)

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This Sustainable Development course will be useful to my graduate studies not only at Galen University but beyond the confines of this education because it is a mindset and lifestyle that aspiring professionals should have as mindset to support their developing careers. My objective whilst pursuing this course is to critically scrutinize the principles and regularly practice and improve upon my current life habits. I view this course as a foreshadowing of how I can help Belize to achieve the following objectives:

·         Progress socially to decrease the percentage of the population that is poor

·         Improve and support education as a medium for country-wide improvement

·         Raise awareness to increase living and working conditions

·         Maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment (Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development, 2012)

Generally, we should not view any component or institution of the country, or world, in isolation. Every component is interconnected and must function together to improve our overall well-being (Mooney, 2007). This improvement must be beneficial not only to this current generation, but it also must be beneficial to the future generation. This is sustainable development to me.