Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport urges students to “take opportunities”

POSTED: 04/5/12 1:00 PM

Captain Micheal Jeffrey talks to students about career opportunities at Winair during St. Maarten Academy PSVE’s job fair.

St. Maarten – The entire student body at the St. Maarten Academy (PSVE) section turned out for the job fair which attracted several businesses on the island. Although the students visited all of the booths, several of them showed interest in the areas of Customs, telecommunication and aviation to mention.

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, who officially opened the 10th anniversary of the job fair, noted that the businesses that attended gave the students the first opportunity and stressed that “nothing in life could start without the first opportunity.”  She believes in the African proverb that says that “it takes a village to raise a child” and indicated that businesses being involved gives children an opportunity and guides them in the right direction.

Arrindell urged the students who attended the job fair to take advantage of the opportunity that they are given and even though Vocational Education does not hold a high image in our society the minister stressed that they are busy changing this perception with the new curriculum for vocational education.

“A lot of people will stereotype you which are based on how you look, the way you dress, the school that you have attended, people are going to look at you and judge you and not many of them will have high expectations,” Arrindell told the students.

The minister told them that they know better and it should not give them a reason to stop them in their development and what they have been placed here to do.

“You are put here for a purpose and believe God in his wisdom has a purpose for each and every one of us.”

She called on them to “march to beat of their own drum” and do not allow anyone to stop them.

“I want you to see education as a lifelong process and not stop at the PSVE. While we appreciate the business for being here, I do not want you to stop at a business where you get a job. I want you to continue,” Dr. Arrindell said.

The fact that there are opportunities for study financing that do not fall under the regular guidelines for study financing she assured them that more of them could take opportunities to study abroad. She called on them to take advantage of the opportunities even though the guidance counselors have a different view, they could come and see her personally.

“There is money out there which you can access if you do not know how to finance your education. You should not stop at the businesses on St. Maarten and although I appreciate the work the businesses are doing I know an employee of Telem who has been working there for a number of years that saw the need to further her education and attended the University of St. Martin,” the minister said.

Arrindell also encouraged the students keep studying even if they find work. She also expressed her gratitude to the businesses for giving the students the first opportunity and said she looks forward to the next career fair.


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