PHILIPSBURG: A pilot after school program for introducing the art of stilt walking and “Moko Jumbie” culture in primary schools as an extra-curricular activity was just completed by Funtopia Youth Initiative Foundation in partnership with Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO.
The program was held at Sister Borgia Primary School on Wednesday afternoons with pupils from St. Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr. and Oranje Primary School. The pupils were ages six to 12. The program first set out to accommodate 10 pupils, but was expanded to 29.
The participants showcased their new skills at Sister Borgia on June 21. All participants received a certificate recognizing their commitment to the program.
The training will continue in the next school year and has been expanded to the start age 5. Other schools interested in the program may reach out to UNESCO secretary-general Marcellia Henry via Marcellia.Henry@sintmaartengov.org for more information.
This initiative is a part of UNESCO and the Ministry of Education Culture Youth and Sports’ Culture Department’s aim to stimulate institutions to engage in the preservation of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) attributes of St. Maarten.