Jacobs: New Year brings opportunities to rebuild

ECYS Minister Silveria Jacobs.

PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Silveria Jacobs says a new year for the people of St. Maarten means opportunities to rebuild better and stronger.

  In her New Year’s message the Minister said after the passing of Hurricane Irma the morale and energy of the people were shattered. “However, soon after our people have shown that their strength and perseverance comes from within. The people of St. Maarten rose above expectations and proved their resilience to the world. Day by day, electricity and water are being restored house by house, businesses are reopening and new businesses are being established. The entrepreneurial spirit that had forged a strong part of our culture has re-emerged,” she said.

  Jacobs hopes and prays that everyone can work for a better St. Maarten. “It will not be a walk in the park, but we ought to remember the reason we are working hard and rebuilding our nation; to ensure our people are contributors and benefactors of our economic development and our children and youth are provided adequate access to resources and education, sports and the arts, which will help nurture their future as leaders of our country in all sectors.”

  St. Maarten, she notes, deserves the best and it should be ensured that the best will be produced for the longevity of St. Maarten and its residents. “In 2018, be more thankful for life, as although one life lost was one too many, many more lives were spared; we must spend more quality time with our family. Strive to make this year the year you invest more in your children and their dreams and teach them the art of philanthropy. After the holiday season is over, let us continue to help those who are most in need, even after the struggles of Hurricane Irma are less evident.”

  The Ministry pledged to work hard to ensure quality education is accessible to all students in St. Maarten. “The struggles of funding will be a hurdle for years to come. However, we will make do with the resources provided. May the coming year be filled with joy, great health, love, dreams, magic and progression. May you dream and live, as only you can do so. On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and the Government of St. Maarten, I wish all the people of St. Maarten a blessed, prosperous, and healthy New Year 2018,” she said.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72350-jacobs-new-year-brings-opportunities-to-rebuild