Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Heritage Educator, Dr Kris Rampersad, Trinidad and Tobago Representative on UNESCO Executive Board
Rampersad will lead discussions on strengthening the role of local communities in the identification, conservation and management of heritage, drawing from experiences in working across the Caribbean in preparing multisectoral stakeholders in government, academia, media, civil society, local government, tourism actors among others.
Sub-Regional meeting on the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2014-2019 | UNESCO
Sub-Regional meeting on the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2014-2019- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/events/sub-regional-meeting-caribbean-action-plan-world-heritage-2014-2019#sthash.TjGVmUDK.dpuf
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Published on October 25, 2014
Dr Kris Rampersad
Now chaired by Egypt’s Mohamed Sameh Amr, the 58-member executive board, currently in its 195th session in Paris, is one of three governing organs of UNESCO with the General Assembly and Secretariat. It is responsible for appraising and informing UNESCO’s work programme and budgets. This is the first year of Trinidad and Tobago’s term on the board since it was elected by the 2013 General Assembly, when it polled the highest number of votes among candidates for the Latin American and Caribbean (GRULAC) region.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
‘T&T world heritage status at risk
Lord Shiva Temple in Cambodia gets Happy Divali present from UNESCO #195EX
Today, Divali Day, the Programme and External Affairs Commission of the UNESCO Executive Board, co-chaired by Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago also unanimously passed a resolution for establishment of an International Coordinating Committee for the Preah Vihar Temple which was subject to prolonged dispute between Cambodia and Thailand but which after a long process came to an agreement that found consensus between the two parties and was unanimously supported by the PX Commission.
Congrats to colleagues who worked on the difficult drafting and negotiation process of this and the State parties Cambodia and Thailand for this exemplary collaboration.
|Temple of Preah Vijeah of Cambodia via |
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Let's also take pride in and protect ours.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Friday, October 17, 2014
Budget debate unesco executive board more effective n efficient #195EX @UNESCO_ExBChair @unesco @krisramp @lolleaves
cuts from $653m to $507m hamper work
Monday, October 13, 2014
‘Govt, activist in suicide pact’
Rampersad, who is the author of the first book on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Through the Political Glass Ceiling, that maps the PM’s journey from rural Trinidad to Prime Ministership from speeches, said the letter was inspired by her own impulse to act because it was the responsibility of citizens to motivate and encourage public officials to act in the best interests of the country.
She said there had been much focus on Port-of-Spain and the city heritage that included the seven European-styled buildings in disrepair, but the fundamental and valuable heritage of global scale importance have been overlooked as part of general neglect in development planning for the South.
She said that there was an absolute win-win model that had been workshopped at various regional Unesco and other forums and to senior officials of the World Heritage Centre, all of whom had urged and were eager to see us step forward. Rampersad said that will be quite a breakthrough for many other societies also trying to strike the balance between meeting the needs of growing populations while conserving for the future.
Friday, October 3, 2014
The other Magnificent Seven Open Letter to President Carmona and Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Real sustainability? @un @unesco @krisramp @lolleaves #u40network https://theconversation.com/real-sustainable-development-requires-change-through-culture-32121
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The value of #life, the value of #freedom -what dollar value could be put on that ... trillions? The skewing of our sense of value to dollars and cents based on the value on the labour market is itself demeaning and dimunitive as replicated in the calculations for #reparations. How damaged have become our sense of values and those who lead us to warped space when the real calculations shoe... more in #LettersToLizzie @krisramp @lolleaves
Friday, September 19, 2014
So you get your wish from the Scots. If only we too had heeded your advice the piper would have been bagpiping a different calypso.... more portends and prophesies in #LettersToLizzie @krisramp @lolleaves
How the Scots voted against #independence
Monday, September 15, 2014
I now see how imper-ative it is to finish this treatise, if only so Scotland would learn from the experiment by we colonies with #Independence and #Demokrissy - alas, if we knew then what we know now #DavidCameron could get real fodder. Still standing barefooted and wondering like your Keatsy countryman if the mile, song, cherry, lead and door et al was, is, or will ever again be, as in ye olde England ... more sooner than you think coming in #LettersToLizzie
See too Fixing the politics Something is Rotten Part 1 The Emperor's New Tools http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/2014/08/fixing-politics-something-is-rotten_26.html
Sunday, September 14, 2014
When is literature #CulturallyInappropriate ...we have been inducted and nurtured on culturally irrelevant and culturally inappropriate literature and education through colonisation that still hsndicap our sense of self, values, development and progress...or do they? Does someone living inside an experience have more rights to writing about it than just a visitir? And where does that leave travel literature? Does historical truths have to be fictional truths? more #LettersToLizzie @krisramp @lolleaves
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
At 15.25 minute to 18.40, I describe the multicultural nature of the cuisine and the representation of diversity, both in the distinctive identity and flavours, but also in borrowing and blending flavours of the cuisine of other ethnicities.
I searched further and found the Rio Claro/Mayaro Development plan. I was already familiar with the Ministry’s national development plans having participated in one of its consultations and made some suggestions which I am yet to see reflected therein. You see, the National Plans identify various growth poles for Trinidad and Tobago, but there is none for this region, even with the enormous potential of what the area contains identified in its regional plans.
The beach pictures on the Municipal Corporation’s website triggered thoughts of global warming, sealevel rise and vulnerability of what the so called developed world call small island developing states – SIDS - but what myself and a couple colleagues from the Pacific/Oceanic region on the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris are now trying to change to Big Ocean Sustainable States: BOSS. But that is harder than trying to change the Trinidad and Tobago Constitution. It means moving 193 countries in the UN system to agree. Pressure!
In connecting the dots of my research, I also went to the neighbouring island, home of Java Man, one of the earliest humanoid known so I could draw the connecting dots to our own best kept secret on the site next door to here where Banwari was found. This is the site. I took time to get there from Bali, is also a World Heritage site, really a wilderness but endowed with value that we need to start developing for our own.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Simple math for value in leading for literacy and numeracy Speech to UNESCO National Commission launch
A recent IDB report that notes the sad fact ‘that too many Caribbean students finish primary school without acquiring levels of literacy and numeracy sufficient to equip them to succeed in secondary school or in an employment market that is increasingly complex and competitive.”
We who are inside the system have known that for a long time and that no country—not even one rich in natural resources, as that report notes —can flourish without a population so educated.
Even those with whom we could not have gotten through last year are showing some progress. Unfortunately their progress is a bit slower than the younger children. All however are saying the sounds, doing the actions and completing the written assignments.
The teachers also continue to add resources to develop their model classrooms.
The teachers know what they are doing and are given autonomy in their classes since they also have had to struggle with slow learners, Curriculum Rewrite training and a multitude of other challenges.
But as I always tell them, challenges make us stronger and better!
August 18, 2014
Port of Spain, Trinidad