Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School; Splash into Reading

(EMU) – St. Kitts, May 23, 2016:  Encompassing the vision of the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School, which is to promote academic and social learning, the school’s reading week 2016 climaxed on Friday 20th May, with a march through the streets of Basseterre. Students, staff, parents and well wishers came together to promote the importance of developing the skill of reading, among special needs students, under the theme; ‘Splash into Reading’.  From 17-20 May the students of The Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School participated in a week of activities that showcased their talents and most importantly the significance of reading. The third annual reading week saw the creativity and talent of students at every tier of the school.  Namely; early infants, visually impaired, pre-readiness and readiness as well as the vocational students.  The resourcefulness of the students this year was driven by the theme of fairytales. 

 

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Non-Profit Association (S.P.B.S) Donates State of the Art Intercom System to the C.E.M. S. S

(EMU) – St. Kitts, May 17, 2016:  The United States based alumni association, Sandy Point Benevolent Society (S.P.B.S), of the Charles E. Mills Secondary School (C.E.M.S.S), has once again demonstrated its unwavering support to educational institutions within the Federation.  The Charles E. Mills Secondary School previously known as the Sandy Point High School is now the recipient of a new state of the art intercom system. The most recent beneficiaries of the group’s generosity sought to express their gratitude in a multitude of ways by extending tributes in song, dance and poetry at the handing over ceremony on Friday 13th May. Principal, Mrs. Carla Diamond, while conveying her appreciation as well as that of the staff and students of the C.E.M.S.S, announced that, “Without hesitation, the S.P.B.S Association rose to the occasion and put mechanisms in place to ensure the safety and security of staff and students alike, when they purchased, paid to ship and install an intercom system for the school.” 

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SKN Officials Hold Key Positions Within UNESCO Governing Bodies

(NATCOM) - Basseterre, 11th May, 2016: The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis’ diligence at the UN specialized agency, UNESCO, seems to be paying off with the installment of two of its representatives as holders of key positions.  On the fringes of the 199th Executive Board held at UNESCO in Paris mid-April, the Federation’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr. David P. Doyle, was confirmed as Chairman of the UNESCO Commonwealth Group, whilst Secretary General of the National Commission, Mr. Antonio Maynard, was elected Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO Finance and Administrative Commission (FA).   Both positions carry incredible scope for the advancement of critical issues pertaining to the advancement of the Federation’s UNESCO’s priority areas. St. Kitts and Nevis is active on the ground at UNESCO, via its permanent presence under Ambassador Doyle, and frequent interventions on the Executive Board by Mr. Maynard.

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Single Fathers Dub UNESCO’s Empowerment Project Enlightening

(NATCOM) - Basseterre, 11th May, 2016: Some eighty fathers who recently completed a project organized by the National Commission for UNESCO to empower single fathers in the Federation have been dubbed enlightening and practical.  Participants, most of whom said they so enjoyed the sessions over the past few months that they wished it was longer told the National Commission that they have already started utilizing the skills they gained and look forward to follow up sessions in the future. Livingston Doily of Challengers who received his certificate when the project came to close lost his children’s mom several years ago when she died prematurely. As such he said he was pleased to be able to gain the expertise of facilitators over the period.

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UNESCO To Assist SKN With Development of Youth Policy and Action Plan

(NATCOM) - Basseterre, 5th May, 2016: St. Kitts and Nevis’ participation in UNESCO’s 199th Session in April 2016 put the Government’s agenda for youth in sharp focus and established it as an action priority in the months ahead.  Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO Mr. Antonio Maynard and Permanent Delegate of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to UNESCO, Ambassador David Doyle, presented a number of burning issues affecting the Federation including that of the finalization of a Youth Policy that would necessitate the revision of the existing draft policy. A substantive meeting lead by Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO - St. Kitts and Nevis, Antonio Maynard and  Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences Ms. Nada Al-Nashif, centered on UNESCO’s intervention to conduct such a review of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Youth Policy and Strategic Action Plan.

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UNESCO NATCOM Urges Raised Awareness Of World Book and Copyright Day

(NATCOM) - Basseterre, 21 April 2016: The National Commission for UNESCO is urging persons in the Federation to join in the observance of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, 2016.  The observance highlighted by UNESCO on an annual basis is an important date for World literature as it symbolizes the impact of literature on civilization.  Other well known authors such as Maurice Druon, Vladmir Nabokov, Haldor K Laxness, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejia Vallejo were also born or died on that day.  As of 1995 when UNESCO’s General Conference took that decision to observe the day, attempts have been made to have young persons “discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. 

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