SXM Festival has partnered up with the non-profit organizations Parties4Peace! and Peace Boat US, to provide a scholarship for youth from Saint Martin | Sint Maarten to join Peace Boat’s 100th Global Voyage during its visit to Patagonia in South America, sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile.
They will learn about the United Nations SDGs in an experiential study program “Peace Education and the SDGs in South America,” while sharing your experience of Saint Martin’s recent hurricane and the islands resilience. Onboard the ship, the youth will share their experiences and interest in topics such as sustainability, community development, resilient cities and environmental awareness to enlighten others and bring back knowledge to their communities for further development.
In 2015, 193 United Nations member states came together to define 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to shape the global agenda for sustainable development in the next fifteen years and beyond. Peace Boat US has made promoting and advancing the UN SDGs a key part of its mission. Achieving the SDGs requires mobilization of young people through entrepreneurship, volunteering, research, education and other endeavours.
On this 100th voyage taking place February 18-28 in Patagonia, Peace Boat US will focus on SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDG14 (Life Below Water).
This project focuses on helping local communities improve their living standard and providing educational opportunities for the youth involved in the program and all who donate their time.
SXM Festival is providing TWO full scholarship (program fee and travel expenses with an approximate value of $5000USD each) under the “Youth for the SDGs” theme.
SELECTED SXM FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP PARTICIPANTS
Donovane Tremor is a 27-year old professional photographer. He grew up as an island child, spending his life between the small island of St. Martin and Guadeloupe. He discovered his passion for photography at a young age, but pursued a Management and Marketing degree in Montreal and Guadeloupe. After graduation, he decided to follow his passion for photography, developing his specialization in landscape and architecture photography. Most of his professional work focuses on the tourist economy between St. Martin, St. Barts and Anguilla. He is enthusiastic about travel, specifically when he has the chance to discover new cultures from around the world. He is always ready for a new adventure!
Mareeka Dookie, born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised on the beautiful sunny island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is a creative young professional. She loves to travel, learn about different cultures, learn new languages, and gain worldly experiences. As an elementary school teacher, she enjoys working with children as they begin to unlock their knowledge and understanding of their inner powers and their ability to make positive and lasting impacts in the world. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and a Masters of Teaching from Sacred Heart University in CT, USA. Currently Mareeka is focusing on recovery efforts in the lives of children on the island after the devastation of hurricane Irma on September 6th, 2017. She is working as a Programme Administrative Officer with UNICEF- Nederland in Sint Maarten. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to embark on the Peace Boat’s 100th Voyage focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Patagonia
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