New Political Leaders graduated from SCELL’s Good Governance Course at USM
June 26, 2016 │ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals-Wyatt
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org – New Political Leaders graduated from SCELL’s – Good Governance Course at USM
New political leaders, Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals-Wyatt of HOPE and Wycliffe Smith of Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP), were part of the 1st graduating Class of SCELL’s Good Governance Course offered by the University of St. Martin.
The graduation ceremony was held at the University of St. Martin on Thursday June 23rd with invited guests, family and friends. The evening consisted of a reception, the presentation of certificates to the graduates by SCELL’s Director, Dr. Natasha Gittens and a five minute presentation by each graduate pertaining to the Constitution and other organic laws of Sint Maarten. The evening ended with a panel discussion with the five graduates and Mr. Hensely Plantijn, the course facilitator as the moderator. Family, friends and invited guest attending the graduation were given the opportunity to pose questions and to engage in some very interesting discussion with the graduates.
By attending this course on good governance both party leaders, Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals-Wyatt and Wycliffe Smith, demonstrate how important it is for new political leaders who aspire to become future leaders of government to prepare themselves by acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills as far as it pertains to good governance. Van der Waals-Wyatt and Smith also decided to issue this joint press release to demonstrate that political leaders can sit in class together and study together in the interest of and for the greater good of our people and our country.
According to van der Waals-Wyatt “Over the last few months we have a great deal of knowledge, had many intense discussions relating to the current developing issues in St. Maarten which we applied to our learning process at this Good Governance Course. I looked enthusiastically forward to each class. Getting acquainted with many laws and beginning to understand the methodical process of running a country through good governance principles. The constitution and the laws really do matter to everyone.
Education and knowledge are indeed power which can be used to empower.
The USM School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning (SCELL) will be offering this course again, starting August 4th – September 22, 2016. According to political leaders van der Waals-Wyatt and Smith, they would recommend this course to every citizen, but especially to persons who are considering running for office. New politicians as well as the seasoned politicians would certainly benefit from this Good Governance Course.