Youth display sportsmanship at Rights of the child Sports Day

POSTED: 11/28/11 8:45 AM

Minister of Education, Youth Sports & Culture Dr. Rhoda Arrindell was part of the procession after the official part of the activities which took place last Saturday. Milton Pieters Photo.

GREAT BAY- Teams from Anguilla, St. Martin and host St. Maarten participated in the Rights of the Child Sports Day which was held at the weekend. Saba and St. Eustatius had also been scheduled to participate in track and field, netball, football, basketball and volleyball. A planned cricket game was cancelled.

The weekend event is collaboration between the French and the Dutch in an effort to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help them meet their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

“Look around you, St Maarten is on the move, St Maarten is building schools, we are going to rebuild the hospital and we are building a new generation of St Maarteners. We are counting on every one of you to carry that charge as we move forward to build our country,” Minister of Education, Youth Sports & Culture Dr Rhoda Arrindell said at Saturday’s opening ceremony.

“We are ensuring through these events that young people make themselves aware about the rights of children and they are encouraged to do some research for themselves,” Elmora Aventurin Pantophlet added.

Each child was presented with a certification of participation at the end of the events.

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