IN T&T: Acting principal of ASJA Girls' College Cindy Khan, left, foreground, exchanges greetings with Simone Santanos, right, foreground, a teacher from Brazil. Looking on are Allison Pantin, left, of the UNESCO Secretariat, and Noreen Hosein, centre, acting vice-principal, and visiting Brazilian students, following a function at the school's compound on Todd Street, San Fernando, on Monday. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

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Brazilian students pay visit to ASJA Girls'

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

CHILDREN will become global citizens if they are exposed to different cultural customs and practices, says Cindy Khan, the acting principal of the ASJA Girls' College in San Fernando.

Khan was speaking with the Express after hosting a delegation of ten Brazilian students and their teacher Simone Santanos, who visited the school on Monady.

The pupils, ages 15 to 18, attend the English Extreme School in Cubatao, Brazil.

Khan said, "It is good that from a young age, students know that they cannot be just citizens of Trinidad and Tobago but certainly global citizens of the world. They can appreciate other people's norms and values so that when they integrate themselves into the workplace, be it outside of Trinidad, they can culturally adapt and make a positive contribution to which ever society they find themselves in."

She said many locals were working in Brazil, especially in the oil and gas sector.

In addition, the contractor for the Solomon Hochoy

Highway extension to Point Fortin is the Brazilian-based OAS Constructora, and hundreds of Brazilian workers are in Trinidad for the project. Khan said she did not have a problem "expanding the curriculum in that Portuguese can also be taught along with other foreign languages." The school teaches French, Spanish and Arabic. Since 1995, the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has hosted students from Brazil, Norway, Ghana and other Caribbean countries. These schools are part of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project network (ASPnet). ASJA Girls' College is part of that network. According to UNESCO, the objective of this visit was "To reinforce, disseminate and mainstream good practice in sustainable development safeguarding the environment, to contribute to sustainable socioeconomic/cultural development, with special attention to issues relevant to 21st century and to promote intercultural dialogue." This year's theme is, "The impact of climate change on Agriculture." The delegation, which arrived on January 14, left the country yesterday.

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