SCELL offers governance course to St Maarten and surrouding islands

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On February 6, 2016 SCELL, The University of St. Martin School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning will offer the Good Governance: Governing by the Laws course. The course is open to the public and does not require any prerequisites, and will start on Monday, February 9, 2016 through April 14, 2016.

SCELL Director, Dr. Natasha J. Gittens, Ph.D, CHE., indicated we are very pleased to offer this course to the St. Maarten community and surrounding islands. We are strongly recommending that the following audiences attend the course: Person interested in becoming a political candidate, individuals who are applying for their Naturalization and need to learn more about Constitution and Government, NGO's employees who want to understand the checks and balances of government, Civil Servants who want to expand his/her knowledge on how the government functions.

Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, The University of St. Martin's President stated: USM is honored to have Mr. Plantijn facilitate the Governance course at USM in February.   Mr. Hensley G.A. Plantijn LL.M, is an international lawyer with special interest in Constitutional Laws. His career started in 1992 as a civil servant on the Island Territory of Curaçao and is since 2011 continuing his career in St Maarten. During his more than 23 years as civil servant, he has functioned as legal advisor in the organization and to ministers in the Netherlands Antilles and St Maarten

Mr Plantijn, stated: The best investment to develop a country is in Education. Especially for a young country like St Maarten. Therefore, I am honored to be the facilitator of this course, and by doing so, be able to contribute to the development of St Maarten and surrounding islands. I have to admit that I enjoy the exercise of sharing my knowledge and I will also be learning from the students. This course will be a very interesting interactive course.  

If you would like to enroll in the course, call 554-2437 or fill out the training request form @ You can also visit the SCELL website @

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