Welcome

SKN National Commission For UNESCO 


Secretary General – Antonio Maynard

maynard welcome picI take this opportunity to welcome you to the official Website of the SKN National Commission for UNESCO.

We consider this site to be a very important communication tool in enabling us to reach out to our multiple audiences, partners and stakeholders, both locally, regionally and around the world. The main object of this site is not only to communicate the extensive UNESCO-related work we are involved in on-the-ground in St. Kitts and Nevis, but also to seek your valuable input and suggestions in an effort to serve you better. Indeed, we seek to get you involved in the initiation, planning and implementation of our UNESCO projects and programmes, and our work at the National Commission, in general.

The Charter of National Commissions for UNESCO clearly stipulates that it is important to cultivate close collaboration between stakeholders, including the various local experts associated to the UNESCO programme areas of core expertise, NGOs and civil society. As a national coordinating body, we are strategically well-positioned to recruit and engage with a range of stakeholders and experts, on all programme areas of UNESCO, covering education, natural and human sciences, culture, and information & communication.

Of particular relevance to St. Kitts-Nevis is UNESCO’s Participation Programme, long a central tool deployed by our National Commission. The UNESCO-funded initiative constitutes the strongest most visible and tangible evidence of UNESCO activities in St.Kitts and Nevis.

The presence of the Participation Programme continues to resonate on the ground, and has helped to initiate meaningful ideas and projects that help to address the concrete gaps in grass-roots programmes and initiatives. These benefit youth, women, and other vulnerable groups, and assertively contribute to St. Kitts-Nevis’ development strategy.

We are proud to be engaged in a range of other UNESCO programme areas, including: The St. Mary’s Man and The Biosphere Project; Slave Route Project; Anti-Doping in Sports, Heritage, Climate Change, Memory of the World and TVET among others.

Chairman Hon Shawn Richards – Minister of Education

As Chairman of the SKN National Commission for UNESCO, and the Minister responsible for UNESCO affairs for St. Kitts and Nevis, I commend the members of the SKN national Commission, and indeed its Secretariat and Secretary General, together with its Permanent Delegate in Paris, for all the compelling work they are doing in collaboration with UNESCO field offices and at UNESCO Headquarters.

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis remains fully committed to UNESCO’s mandate and core work programmes, as a vehicle for our national scientific, educational, cultural and social development.   We continue to pursue our efforts in strengthening quality education, life-long learning, and training for our citizens, both of which embrace the integration of ICTs at all levels. Combined with continuing institutional capacity-building of our education management and delivery systems, all of which lead to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

A central platform of my Government‘s strategy in this regard is the special focus on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). This dimension is now firmly anchored within the National TVET policy framework, acting as a catalyst in enabling our young people, in particular, to acquire the necessary knowledge, and skills to respond to the current and changing environment. My Government is most grateful for the timely and productive intervention by UNESCO in supporting and guiding us in the preparation of our National TVET Policy.

Outside of the education programme area, UNESCO’s intervention impacts across a number of fields in our country including the exploration of our cultural identity; School safety; human development; sustainable development; human rights, youth empowerment, parental empowerment, local history and heritage among others.

Again, I welcome this official website that showcases the commendable work that we are doing with UNESCO that continues to impact on society, and especially in developing our capacity-building resources amongst our youth and the general population.

Permanent Representative – Ambassador Dr David P Doyle

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For the Federation, UNESCO constitutes one of the most relevant UN family of Organizations in contributing to the construction and implementation of our development strategy.

St. Kitts and Nevis, through its National Commission, and its Permanent Delegation in Paris, actively participates in accessing and deploying UNESCO’s unique core competencies across diverse, but critical, areas of our development strategy, namely, education, tangible and intangible culture heritage, natural and human sciences and information and communication. Our work is based on a pragmatic and tangible set of goals and hands-on modus operandi both in St. Kitts and Nevis and in Paris, in delivering benefits to a range of stakeholders in the Federation. Our continuing success, however, depends on identifying UNESCO-related projects, and funding, that tangibly contribute to strengthening education policy, exploiting adaptation and mitigation measures in the face of climate change, preserving local heritage sites and protecting underwater cultural heritage, and addressing the challenges faced by youth, women and other vulnerable constituencies on St. Kitts-Nevis.