A contingent of three students and two lecturers from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College
(CFBC) travelled to Martinique during the week of 4 th -8 th June, 2019 and participated in a mock
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development. The students, Aleksei
Burroughs, Jaritza Boddie and Soleigh Phipps, are pursuing environmental studies in the ASGS
Division. They were accompanied by lecturers Chesley Manners and Glenroy Blanchette.
The CFBC students were hosts of their partner school, the Lycee Acajour 2. Other participating
schools came from, Louisiana in the United States, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, and
The mock conference was held on the 6 th and 7 th June at the Academie Martinique in La
Bellevue. Opening remarks were delivered by Catherine Ciserane, the Martinique representative for
European Relations and International Cooperation. Other remarks were given by Ms. Ghislaine
Moetus-Schüller, the Educational Co-operation Advisor from the Ministry of Education in
Martinique and by the Secretary General of the Mock Conference.
The CFBC students did a video presentation on tourism and coastal development in St. Kitts
followed by a PowerPoint presentation on geothermal energy in Nevis. Both presentations were
well received by the Conference. Later in the afternoon, the students participated in a lobbying
session where they developed draft resolutions on sustainable development issues and lobbied
other groups to support their resolution.
On the final day of the Conference, students went into their various committees to finalize their
resolutions on sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean. The students also participated
in a Plenary Session where they presented their resolutions then debated and voted on them.
Later that afternoon, the CFBC contingent was taken on a guided tour to the historic town of St.
Pierre. St. Pierre was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Pelée in 1902 and an estimated 20,000 to
30,000 people died. They visited the prison where one of the only three survivors was held at the
time of the eruption and also toured the lower slopes of Mt. Pelée.
The students were very elated about their experiences in Martinique. Aleksei Burroughs, a final year student in the Division of Arts, Science, and General Studies (ASGS), spoke of the benefits they received from their participation in the Conference. “It helped to promote regional integration amongst the Caribbean territories.
Although there was a language barrier, we were able to agree and form resolutions on pressing matters of the world which we could then become advocates of and help protect the world we live in” said Burroughs. Jaritza Boddie echoed similar sentiments.
“The trip to Martinique was informative as it highlighted some of the environmental issues that
plague some countries. The Conference also taught me the importance of regional and
international discussions when it comes to problem solving,” she said.
Soleigh Phipps, another final-year Environmental Studies student, spoke about the benefits she
gained from the trip.
“The trip to Martinique widened my knowledge in terms of how important sustainable tourism is
to Caribbean countries. It also impressed upon me the need for us to encourage persons to
become more eco-friendly,” Soleigh noted.
According to lecturer Glenroy Blanchette, the trip was highly successful as it allowed the CFBC
students to interact with their peers from different islands and learn about their cultures. The
mock Conference also provided the students with various learning experiences such as how
United Nations’ conferences are organized and conducted. They were also able to develop their
presentation and debating skills.
“We are very thankful to Ms. Ghislaine Moetus-Schüller, the Educational Co-operation Advisor
from the Ministry of Education in Martinique, our host school Acajou 2 along with teachers
Séverine Elymarius and Jules Paulmin, for their excellent hospitality and the educational
opportunity they provided to our students,” said Chesley Manners, a foreign languages lecturer
who served as translator for the CFBC contingent.
The CFBC contingent also expressed their appreciation and thanks to lecturer Ms Deitra
Wharton who was very instrumental in ensuring that the trip to Martinique came off. They also
thanked President Dr. Jacqueline Austin and Dean Dr. Moyia Rowtham for their invaluable
support and assistance with the planning process.
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