By Floyd French

Observer Reporter

(Warner Park, Basseterre) – Minister of Education, Hon. Sam Condor on May 7 opened Scimatec 2008 and dubbed it Silver Jubilee Scimatec in honour of this year’s 25th Anniversary of Independence.

Although Scimatec has been in lull for the last six years, Minister Condor said the name was significant for three reasons.  “Firstly, it represents the revival of an event that once was a biennial feature on the calendar of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the schools in St. Kitts.

“Secondly, this year St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates 25 years of Independence, that is, it is the nation’s Silver Jubilee.  Scimatec has been included as one of the major activities to celebrate our Independence, our Silver Jubilee, because of the excellence and overall achievement of our students and their teachers.”  He added that this represents development of which we can all be proud.

“Thirdly, Scimatec represents an example of the continued support that has been provided by UNESCO.”  This, the minister said, is part of the continued development for the youths of the Federation.

The minister said that many of the exhibits take into account prevailing global scientific concerns such as alternative sources of energy, organic fertilizers, local plant herbicides, recycling and eco-tourism. The minister thanked all those involved in making Scimatec 2008 a reality.

The exhibits are currently on display at Carnival City, Warner Park and the public is urged to visit and sample what the students have produced.  The final judging of the exhibitions will take place today, Friday May 9.