Gracita Arrindell with Mondriaan students.
THE HAGUE–Students and teachers of Mondriaan International Hotel and Management School in The Hague recently organised another fundraiser for St. Maarten. The most recent dinner coincided with St. Maarten Day and featured dishes with St. Maarten flavours prepared for students.
Former Parliament Chairwoman Gracita Arrindell was a dinner attendee. She commended the students and teachers for their support of the country. “We can’t say enough ‘thank you’ to the staff and school for their continued support,” she said in a press statement issued on returning home to St. Maarten.
While at the school, Arrindell met several St. Maarten students studying at Mondriaan School and students who did their apprenticeship at the front desk in several St. Maarten hotels. She also toured the school.
The school has a very long-standing working relationship with St. Maarten. Based on that tie, the first fundraiser was held just weeks after monster Hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten.
“Local students who graduated from institutions such as Mondriaan, similar schools in the United States or elsewhere, as well as those who completed Sundial School and National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA), must be able to continue to receive hands-on practical training from hotels, restaurants,” Arrindell said.
With the rebuilding and reconstruction plans still on the local authorities’ drawing board, Arrindell said, “We must be mindful to include in these plans the opportunity to establish a structural training project through a public-private partnership concept. This is an excellent opportunity to further professionalise our local work-force, especially in the restaurant sector, now that many hotels are closed for a while to rebuild.”
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/71121-mondriaan-school-hosts-fundraiser-for-country