Sint Maarten Library Distributes New Edition of the Caribbean Thinking Book 

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In preparation for the commemorations of May 4th Memorial, and May 5th Liberation Day,  the Sint Maarten Library has distributed over 1700 copies of the new edition of the  Caribbean Thinking Book to all primary and secondary schools on April 10th and 11th ,  2024.  

The Caribbean Think Book distribution was made possible by the collaboration of National Committee 4 and 5 May, in collaboration the Dutch Caribbean islands, the Culture  Kameleon Foundation, and stakeholders.  

This latest edition, the third edition (2024), of the Caribbean Thinking Book has been  specifically tailored for students aged 10-12, Carolien Keun has translated the book in  English, offering content in their language of choice: English or Dutch, and potentially for  grades 1 and 2 of Secondary Education.

 

Through the Caribbean Thinking Book, students delve into the local history of the Second  World War, exploring events on the islands during that time, the individuals involved, and  the resulting consequences. By engaging with wartime narratives, students are prompted  

to reflect on the significance of peace and freedom in contemporary contexts. The  Caribbean Thinking Book is an educational resource filled with illustrations, captivating  photographs, and compelling stories. 

The committee encourages teachers to use an instructional film along with five digital  lessons to explain how to integrate the Caribbean Thinking Book into classroom  instruction. The material offers valuable insights for deeper learning, including access to  online educational resources, websites, vlogs about Anne Frank, historical timelines  tailored for children, and links to online videos featuring Caribbean war witnesses.

In the  accompanying film material https://www.4en5mei.nl/educatie/primair-onderwijs/caribisch denkboek-voor-4-en-5-mei and https://youtu.be/HVhiDJEftDc?si=qVu8Gzs_ubmRaXLE, Catalina  Lampe-Antonette, for instance, shares her memories of the moment when the war became  a reality in Aruba. Izaline Calister recounts her profound experience of freedom.