On May 18th, 2001 the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance was Proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This Proclamation was made possible through the unstinting work of the National Garifuna Council of Belize.
The Garifuna culture, having made a tremendous contribution to the economic, social and political landscape of Central America and the Caribbean, has attracted researchers at Universities and other Institutions worldwide in the fields of anthropology, history, archaeology and music among others.
Richmond Vale Academy is committed to support the Local Garifuna Heritage Foundation Inc., an organization based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; contributing through the work of the International Garifuna Research Center (IGRC) and other groups supporting cultural diversity.
Students and teachers from the Academy have organised numerous lectures with James Lovell and the Rose Hall Cultural Development Organisatoin and the Rose Hall Drummers at the Academy for hundreds of people.
Painting of a Garifuna Mural at Petit Bordel Secondary School
James Lovell teaches Garifuna History, Language and Culture at Richmond Vale Academy
Running Culture and Craft Club - Troumaka
Contributing to the Garifuna Gathering in Rose Bank