St. Maarten and Curacao deepen cooperation in education, culture and sport

POSTED: 10/27/11 12:54 PM

PARIS – Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell and her counterpart from Curacao Lionel Jansen have held “very friendly” and “long overdue” talks on common challenges and potential areas of cooperation. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization’s (UNESCO) general conference right after both countries were admitted as associate members of UNESCO.
The two ministers said they shared a common vision of focusing on the region and identified areas of deepening cooperation in teacher training, legal studies, nursing training and possible collaboration between the University of Curacao (formerly UNA) and the University of St. Martin. They also discussed the implementation of Foundation Based Education, (FBE), the implementation of Compulsory Education and St. Martin students currently studying in Curacao.
Jansen has also agreed to consider Arrindells’ request for him to secure his country’s support of St. Martin’s bid to host the 2013 Kingdom Games and each minister has agreed in principle to visit each other’s island before the year ends.

Reception
Arrindell and Jansen also attended a reception on Wednesday that was jointly hosted by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in France Hugo Siblesz and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to UNESCO Robert Zeldenrust at the official residence of the bilateral envoy in Paris. Arrindell thanked both ambassadors for their hospitality and the assistance and support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in St. Martin’s bid to become and associate member of UNESCO.
“This historic event is the first step in a long journey. I now look forward to closer cooperation among the partners in the Kingdom in several other areas so we can come to one another’s assistance and offer meaningful support,” Arrindell said.

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