St. Maarten Government preparing education reforms

POSTED: 09/14/11 12:11 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is to begin work on a new plan for education in the 2011 – 2012 parliamentary year. This is one of the announcements that Governor Eugene Holiday made in his State of the Nation Address.
The plan is aimed at creating a new mentality, new attitudes, new levels of achievement and success within the education system. It will be written to fit the country’s citizens and it will also promote a shared vision that includes best practices, national standards, community consciousness, curriculum changes, 21st century skills priorities and relevance.”
“The new system also is to. The new Education Plan shall emphasize the building of human capital through education. On the one hand, it must emphasize human resource development and national development and, on the other hand, it must foster individual and personal development anchored in pillars of trust, reciprocity and commitment,” Holiday said.
The governor also told parliament that construction of a school for secondary vocational education (SBO) will begin in 2011 as part of the efforts to reduce youth unemployment.
“Together with training programs, incentives can contribute to government’s goal of reducing unemployment to between five and seven percent,” the governor said.
Holiday also stressed the importance of having properly maintained sports facilities in his address. The reason for this is twofold. On hand government wants to ensure that people are physically active on a regular basis through sport and the other the facilities will be used when the country hosts the 2013 Kingdom Games.
This focus on sports, including the “nurturing of local athletes” so they can compete and continue to excel in regional and international sports meets, will be further elucidated in a sports policy that is currently being reviewed by sports organizations.

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