BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (SKNIS) — “Education is not just about sitting down in class and listening to the teachers but is also being able to do additional activities which will help you as you go out through your career as a student.”
These were the words of Minister of Education, Youth and Sports the Hon. Shawn Richards, while speaking to students at a recent showing of a Taiwan based movie Jumping Ashin at Caribbean Cinemas.
The movie was centred around a young man who is able to persevere through gymnastics. The Minister stated that while gymnastics isn’t a sport that is practiced in St. Kitts and Nevis the theme of overcoming obstacles is one that many young persons can relate to.
Minister Richards added that sports and education must go hand in hand. He explained that through sports students are able to learn disciplines and gain scholarships, and thanked the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their continued support.
“In the field of education they have supported us and they have supported us well,” said Minister Richards. “As a matter of fact, very soon we will have quite a number of students going off to Taiwan to join students who are already there to pursue studies.”
Permanent Secretary Ionie Liburd-Willett expressed her pleasure to have the partnership with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and stated that the country has been benefiting greatly from many cooperation programs such as the scholarship and laptops programs.
Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Education Youth, Sports and Culture. His Excellency added that showcasing the movie will “no doubt enhance the understanding and the friendship between the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan.”