National Commission hosts Cultural Heritage seminar

PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has been executing another Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) field inventory exercise targeting students of Charlotte Brookson Academy, St. Maarten Academy and St. Dominic High School who have selected dance and drama for their Caribbean Examinations Council CXC subjects.

The objective of the project, which is being coordinated by Commission Secretary-General Marcellia Henry with the assistance of National Institute of the Arts Co-Directors Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes, is to develop the young people’s knowledge and understanding of Cultural Heritage.

The project commenced on March 22 and will be completed on April 21. The students will receive training in the usage of video recording, which was facilitated by Dennis van Putten of TV Carib, and learn interviewing skills and techniques, which was facilitated in a two-day session by Marsha Gumbs-Beauperthuy and Pedro de Weever of the Department of Communication DComm; Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Public Relations Officer Roylyka Roache; Health and Beauty Coordinator Charlesea Joseph at The Daily Herald; and author and speaker Ralph Cantave.

The final aspect of the training consists of the students going on an excursion to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired in the training. They will have the opportunity to interview and video-record different persons in the community about the making of local drinks and desserts.

Source: The Daily Herald