Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint Jean has stated that the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is seeking to strengthen relations with French speaking Martinique to increase the possibilities if exchanges and opportunities for students.
He said that this major decision was taken during the Third Council of Education Ministers which was held in Martinique on February 27 and 28, 2018 under the theme: “Equity and Access”.
Saint Jean noted that the meeting was aimed at helping organizers share ideas that can assist in the development of the sub region.
“The key objective of the meeting was to provide opportunities for policy makers to agree on policies and actions to advance the education agenda of the OECS, in keeping with the OECS sector strategy, and share experiences and innovative ideas towards overall growth and development of the sub region,” Saint Jean stated.
He noted that Guadeloupe and Martinique can both benefit from an association with English speaking countries.
“We believe that Martinique and Guadeloupe need to recognize that there is a lot that can be had by their association with the OECS English speaking countries. But conversely, we can benefit from the experiences of Martinique, given the fact that Martinique and Guadeloupe are part of the European Union,” he noted.
Saint Jean went on to state that Dominica already has an advantage due to signed agreements with Martinique. He added that the meeting came to the decision that the islands should capitalize on these agreements.
“For us here in Dominica though, we have an advantage in Dominica and St. Lucia where we have had signed cooperation agreements with Martinique where our teachers do exchanges with Martinique and Teachers, and our students also access tertiary education. The meeting agreed that sister OECS territories should consider capitalizing on that opportunity and expanding on it,” Saint Jean added.