PHILIPSBURG – On February 6, SCELL, the University of St. Martin (USM) School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning, commenced the Good Governance: Governing by the Laws course.
The course is open to the public and does not require any prerequisites. It started on Monday, February 9, and will end on April 14. The course is open to the public and applications are still being accepted.
SCELL Director, Dr. Natasha J. Gittens, Ph.D, CHE., Dr. Gittens, SCELL Director stated: This course is much needed in the community and affords individuals of various backgrounds to learn more about the St. Maarten government. Knowledge that is beneficial in so many aspects of an individual’s life. SCELL will continue to offer this course twice a year.
H. Plantijn, stated: “As citizens, we are all affected by decisions taken by government, direct or indirect, positive or not. You have the right, or rather the obligation to be involved in the governing of your country. This course is for you, who wish to have a real contribution in the development of this Country”.
Dr. Gittens further indicated “This course is designed to make the students aware of the constitutional framework of our Country. During this course, next to getting familiarized with the Constitution of St Maarten itself, specific articles of the Constitution, including the articles regulating the functioning of parliament, the government and other institutions which need to provide the checks check and balances in government, like the Council of Advice, and the General Audit Chamber, will be discussed.
“The same with the other advisory bodies like the Social Economic Council and the Corporate Governance Council. The course also includes discussions on the National Ordinances regulating the elections in St Maarten, like the registration and finances of political parties, and the Election Ordinance. As expected also the functioning of the “defender of the Constitution”, the Ombudsman, will be discussed, together with the National ordinance on open governance, which ordinance provides the general public the possibility to question decisions taken by government.”
The course will be facilitated in English and held in Room 201, every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.
You can also visit the SCELL website @ http://scell.usmonline.onl/. (USM)