The love of books and literacy produces the passion that creates avid readers and lifelong learners. The ministers’ approach “From the cradle to the grave” focuses on instilling good healthy behavior and education, starting from in gestation, and making well informed choices from an early age. Alongside that is Minister Lee’s vision that coincides with CPS stakeholders’ that work needs to be done from ground level.
In Minister Jacobs’ address, it was said that exposing children to things in a healthy interactive way encourages children to retain what they’ve learned and make sound choices for their life styles. Every child that we touch can touch another and touch its family. Encouraging families to come into the library and make a difference within their lives and the life of their community. The Minister went on to say that the library plays a very important role in educating the community, especially when finances are an issue. Having tangible literature and or materials at hand for the very young and all ages is the key to keeping our community growing and developing. And keeping these types of programs sustainable. It is no longer a project but a sustainable program.
All schoolboards will be receiving letters shortly requesting inclusion of the anatomy in their curriculum and also encouragement of the students to make usage of the library on a regular basis.
Body Smaart complements the “Education on the move” campaign of the Sint Maarten Government, which seeks to advance the state of education, culture, youth and sports on Sint Maarten. Body Smaart is a prime example of “Education on the move” and is a collaboration with the community, education and public health.
Along with the “Education on the move” program we have to start to appreciate education on all levels and see our input in it. AUC students saw it fit to give back to the community and it’s encouraged for all of our businesses to also get on board and book the results of having a better community.
Minister Silveria Jacobs and Minister Emil Lee congratulated the library and the AUC on helping this project take flight and make it alive. This has a positive influence on our youth, our population and makes St. Maarten a better place.