Lycée students depart for Guadeloupe cultural visit | THE DAILY HERALD

Some of the Lycée students and their teachers at Grand Case Airport before departure. (Robert Luckock photo)

MARIGOT–Students of Lycée Robert Weinum and Lycée LPO in Concordia left on Tuesday for Guadeloupe, where they will be visiting the Mémorial ACTe exhibit, spending one night and two full days.

The Collectivité’s Culture Department has financed the trip for 26 students and four teachers for a cost of 6,300 euros. The Collectivité has taken care of plane tickets and entry to the Memorial ACTe. The two Lycées have paid for transportation, lodging, and a visit to the zoo on the second day.

According to the Mémorial’s website, former French President François Hollande and 19 heads of state inaugurated Guadeloupe Islands’ Mémorial ACTe on May 10, 2015.

Located in Pointe-à-Pitre, precisely on the Darboussier site, which used to be a sugar factory, it is a cultural centre dedicated to the memory and history of the slave trade.

The Memorial ACTe is part of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, a global initiative to promote the rapprochement of peoples through the shared legacy of this tragedy. More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery, there is still much untold about the difficulties and struggles of bondage in the Guadeloupe Islands.

This cultural institution seeks to preserve the memory of those who suffered during slavery, as well as to foster dialogue about the repercussions and begin to construct an historical conservation of the epoch.

Source: The Daily Herald