St. Maarten National Commission for UNESCO hosts Intangible Cultural Heritage field inventory seminar

Mr. Ralph Cantave, Ms. Charlesea Joseph, Ms. Roylyka Roache and students from CBA and St. Maarten Academy


PHILIPSBURG — The Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO has been executing another Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) field inventory exercise targeting students from the Charlotte Brookson Academy, St. Maarten Academy and St. Dominic High School, who have selected dance and drama for their CXC subjects.

The objectives of the project, which is being coordinated by SG-UNESCO, Marcellia Henry with the assistance of the co-directors of the National Institute of the Arts, Ms. Arlene Halley and Ms. Clara Reyes are to develop the young people’s knowledge and understanding of Cultural Heritage: Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) & Tangible Cultural Heritage, to expose young people to St. Maarten’s Cultural Heritage, to help stimulate a sense of pride in the island’s heritage, to encourage the documenting and safeguarding of our heritage, and the passing on of this heritage to others.

The project which commenced on March 22nd and will be completed on April 21st allowed the students to obtain practical training in the usage of video recording, which was facilitated by Mr. Dennis van Putten of T.V. Caribe, and to learn interviewing skills and techniques, which was held in a two day session and facilitated by Ms. Marsha Gumbs-Beauperthuy & Mr. Pedro de Weever, Department of Communication (DCOMM),  and Ms. Ms. Roylyka Roache, Public Relations Officer, Cabinet ECYS Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Ms. Charlesea Joseph, Coordinator of Health and Beauty at the Daily Herald and Mr. Ralph Cantave, Author and Speaker.

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