Minister Richards leads five-member delegation to (ROC) Taiwan
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Minister Shawn Richards, in his capacity as minister of education, youth and sports, is currently in the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan, leading a five-member delegation to discuss with government officials, students and other agencies developmental projects for the federation in the areas of education and sports in particular.
The delegation includes Junior Minister of Education for Nevis the Hon. Troy Liburd, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education William Hodge, Permanent Secretary in the Department of Youth, Sport and Culture Stanley Knight, and Vice Chair of Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Board of Governors the Rev. Damien Hughes. The group is supported by Resident Ambassador to Taiwan Jasemine E Huggins.
On May 23, the delegation met with Taiwan’s President Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, who was accompanied by Vice President Dr. Chen, and other government officials.
During the meeting, Minister Richards explained that a case was made for more scholarships, assistance in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), training of teachers, internships for young people and the building of a multipurpose flex centre for sports and the performing arts. These areas, he said, were explored as areas for future cooperation. The president pledged her support for the undertakings and asked that she be kept directly informed of all further discussions on these initiatives.
Minister Richards said that the group met May 21 with some of the students studying in Taiwan. They visited the Ming Chuan University and held discussions with the director of the International Co-operation and Development Fund (ICDF).
On May 22, discussions were held at the Ministry of Education with Deputy Minister Leehter Yao. In addition, the delegation visited the Songshan High School of Agriculture and Industry and the Nangang Sports Center. Discussions were also held with the engineering firm CECI Engineering Consultants.