Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 12, 2019 (SKNIS): Amal Vasu, a twelve-year-old student of the Basseterre High School, returned to his alma mater (past school) – the Tucker-Clarke Primary School – on Tuesday (November 12, 2019), to be duly recognized for earning a respectable third-place finish in the Regional Finals of the 2019 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Poster Competition.
A brief ceremony was organised where Mr. Vasu, as well as the school, was each presented with a cheque for US$1,000.00. Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, presented the cheque on behalf of the FCCA. Minister Grant noted that the performance by Amal was noteworthy given that his submission was judged as one of the best among posters from 15 countries.
The young man entered the Junior Division category of the competition that was held under the theme “Solutions for Ocean Pollution.”
“That is timely because what we have happening today is a lot of sea pollution, a lot of plastics going … into the sea and really destroying the fish life,” Minister Grant stated, adding that protecting the oceans, and by extension the environment is very important.
Caring for the environment, protecting historical sites, and learning about the many career opportunities in the tourism sector are just some of the many topics that are covered in the Tourism Education Awareness Programme. The initiative was launched in 2016, to ensure that young people learn about the various aspects of tourism to solidify the longevity of the industry.
The programme is being piloted in the Basseterre High School, and the Advanced Vocational Education Centre as well as the Dr. William Connor, Sandy Point, Tyrell Williams, and Tucker Clarke Primary Schools.
Minister Grant congratulated the Tucker Clarke Primary School for being a member of the project and noted that the relationship between the Ministry of Tourism and the school is very positive. The tourism minister encouraged the students to continue participating in events that promote tourism awareness.