Press Release:-A team of 10 athletes, along with their French and Sport teachers and the school’s Vice Principal, took part in the First competition among upper Forms of Secondary schools on April 6th in Martinique.
The Banaré Games were organized by KARISKO Association from Martinique, with the support of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment and several other institutions and individuals like the Water Management Agency of Martinique, Mr Joseph Hall of St. Lucia, Mr George Sealy of Maryland and other friends of CCSS.
By promoting the Kalinago Games, KARISKO wants to raise awareness among young people about their common historical and environmental legacy within the Caribbean islands.
Furthermore, they want them to know more about the pillars of the Kalinago culture, which seem still so up-to-date:
- Protect our unique and wonderful water resource
- Stimulate a fraternal and challenging competition set of mind based on concentration, shared values and personal achievement
The team from Castries Comprehensive Secondary did very well, being very impressive in the morning part of the games. They finally ranked 3rd among 8 participants.
Congratulations to them, all the more that all instructions were first in French! Translation services were provided but it is still a great performance.
This participation was made possible thanks to the highly responsive approach of the School’s Principal, Ms Marva Daniel, of the Head of the French department, and also thanks to the immediate support of the French Embassy.
It was seen as an opportunity for youngsters from Saint-Lucia, learning French, to be immersed in a cultural event in the neighboring French island of Martinique and to share a common historical background.
The project was proposed to the school by Ghislaine Schüller, Educational Cooperation Advisor, assigned by the Representative of the Ministry of Education in Martinique and based at the Alliance Française de Castries. The main objective of the proposal was to encourage exchange programs between schools from Martinique and Saint-Lucia and to build tighter links between us.
Just for your information, Alliance Française has planned a full Saturday dedicated to Kalinago Games for families, kids and adults on April 22nd at Pointe Seraphine.
This will be the opportunity with KARISKO members to discover our common Kalinago legacy, to learn more about the importance of water in this culture, a valuable resource until today and to enjoy in a fraternal way!