CBA to host a political panel discussion Feb. 7

CBA Director Claudette Forsythe-LaBega.

PHILIPSBURG–Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) of the Performing Arts will be hosting a political panel discussion at the Philipsburg Cultural and Community Centre on Wednesday, February 7, from 9:00am to 12:00noon.

  The discussion will be themed: “The impact on and future of the creative arts in St. Maarten’s society.”

  “As this theme is closely linked to the future of our school as well as the future career opportunities for our students, it is important for our students to be made aware of the vision of all six political parties represented at the panel discussion with regard to the theme,” CBA Director Claudette Forsythe-Labega said in a press release on Thursday.

  “This event is very instrumental in helping our fourth, fifth and sixth form students to better understand the electoral proceedings, while broadening their outlook on the importance of exercising their active voting rights.”

  Two candidates from each political party will give presentations. A formal session with questions and answers will be held right after the presentations. At the end of the discussion, students are expected to be able to make an informed choice as to whom to choose as their representative in Parliament.

  Moderator for the event will be Carnival Queen Shanice Powel, who is a Johnson and Wales and University of St. Martin (USM) alumna and Public Relations Officer of St. Maarten Achievers Toastmasters Club.

  Leading up to the event, organiser Nzinga Lake will be conducting workshops with the CBA Student Government Council and students about politics and government structure.

  “We are encouraging the party leaders, their fellow candidates and their supporters to come out to the event. We look forward to all the candidates’ contributions and to a very fruitful and educational event for our students,” Forsythe-Labega said.

Source: The Daily Herald