UNESCO Art In Motion Project A Success

Mr. Antonio Maynard

Mr. Antonio Maynard

Charlestown, Nevis
June 17, 2008

An eight week workshop dubbed “Art in Motion” funded by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) came to an end on June 07, 2008.

The closing ceremony which was held on June 16, 2008 at the Nevis Red Cross Building in Charlestown, featured speeches, presentations and art displays.

While UNESCO provided funding for the workshop, the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) offered its support which included the provision of facilitators, facility and stationery.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Library Services Mr. Joseph Wiltshire represented the NIA at the ceremony and recorded his appreciation on its behalf.

“I must express the Nevis Island Administration’s gratitude to UNESCO for funding this important and timely project which sought to assist our people to develop their creative imagination and stimulate self reliance and self realisation.  This sponsorship, I assure you, has enabled the Administration to continue its thrust of providing a holistic education for all of its people,” Mr. Wiltshire said.

He advised that the “Art in Motion” students comprised of teachers and leaders of youth service organisations.

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UNESCO Reinstates St. Kitts – Nevis National Commission

Unesco-Logo

UNESCO Logo

Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
June 11, 2008 (SKNIS)

The National Commission for UNESCO welcomed several new members Tuesday, as it sets a course to raise its profile and that of UNESCO locally.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Sam Condor, who is also the Chairman of the Commission, addressed the body calling for individuals to show commitment as they seek to maximize the benefits that can be derived from properly assessing national priorities in the areas which fall under UNESCO’s remit.

UNESCO’s five areas of cooperation and assistance include Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture as well as Communication and Information.

Each member of the National Commission has the responsibility to advise government on their area of expertise. Minister Condor said while there would be opportunities for inter-sectoral collaboration among members with related projects, there was a definite need to delve deeply into their field of expertise to remain abreast of relevant issues.

The Deputy Prime Minister highlighted the rapid evolution of global issues stating that they necessitate a high degree of alertness with sustained concentration on each programme area to ensure that the Federation can develop strategic and proactive projects that fall in line with UNESCO’s procedures and result in benefits to its citizens.

Commenting on the Federation’s recent signing of the “Doping in Sports Convention,” Secretary General of the National Commission For UNESCO Mr. Antonio Maynard, who chaired the meeting, called on members to begin to consider additional United Nations Conventions that would be meaningful to the Federation.

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UNESCO Youth Path Teams Up With St. Kitts – Nevis

Nevis Minister of Youth - Hon. Hensley Daniel

Nevis Minister of Youth – Hon. Hensley Daniel

Charlestown, Nevis
May 01, 2008

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) funded Youth Path groups in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, collaborated for the second time in 2008 to observe their individual projects. This took place recently, when the Saint Kitts chapter visited their counterparts on Nevis at the historic Heritage Village at Fothergills Estate, where the Youth Path on Nevis held a ceremony to highlight and showcase their project.
 
Minister of Youth and Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel who attended the ceremony, impressed on the youths to recognise the link between heritage and tourism. Mr. Daniel also encouraged them to take their heritage seriously and to use it for added economic value, through the tourism industry.
 
He enlightened the youths about their African heritage. They were also informed of the European influence in the nation, which afforded them to have African and European ideas help carve a niche in tourism.
 
“In reading about Youth Path, I’ve noticed that it is for youth poverty alleviation through tourism. It is a strategic effort to ensure that we continue to derive economic benefits from tourism. I want to associate myself as you would well imagine with the alleviation of poverty,” he said.

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