Political panel discussion at the Academy tomorrow

POSTED: 09/19/16 9:26 AM

St.maarten – St. Maarten Academy’s academic campus hosts a panel discussion tomorrow with representatives of political parties and high school students in the run-up to parliamentary elections.

The event takes place under the theme "Generation Hope; Our Future Leaders" and will see an interactive discussion among the party representatives and students from the host school, Charlotte Brookson Academy, MAC Comprehensive High School, St. Dominic High, Milton Peters College and Sundial.

Panelists confirmed for the event are Marinka Gumbs (Democratic Party DP), Mercedes van der Waals-Wyatt (Helping Our People Excel), Cedric Peterson (National Alliance), Benjamin Bell (Sint Maarten Christian Party), Terrance Frederick (St. Maarten Development Movement), Tatiana Arrindell (United People’s party) and Romain Laville (United St. Maarten party).

Coordinator Kim Lucas-Felix says that the panel discussion is aimed at engaging students in matters that affect them. Since the target population is senior high school students (Forms 4 – 6), they will also be discussing topics that are covered in their Social Sciences curriculum both at the CSEC and CAPE levels. These include issues like education, health care, employment, the brain-drain, crime, and economic diversification.

“As educators, we have a civic responsibility in shaping an educated electorate, our future leaders. Additionally, our youth should not be passive participants in matters that affect them,” Lucas-Felix stated.

The two-hour session runs from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the Academy’s academic campus and will be moderated by Distinguished Toastmaster Amanda Bedminister-Vital.

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