* Caption picture above: Princess Laurentien and a student in discussion about the topic Tourism
After six weeks, the result is something to be proud of! On Monday June 29, the first “Raad van Kinderen” on Curaçao gathered together at the Avila Hotel. These children investigated tourism on Curaçao and advised a committee of professionals based on the results they’ve gathered from their investigation.
This project is an initiative of the Missing Chapter Foundation. The Royal Highness, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, is the founder and director of the Missing Chapter Foundation and was also present at the presentation at Avila Hotel. TUI donated this initiative as a present and to celebrate their 10 year anniversary of doing business in Curaçao. The SIFMA Foundation has also been a part of this project and represents The Missing Chapter Foundation in the Dutch Caribbean.
The 6th graders from the St. Paulus College got to work and with great creativity and managed to come up with some pretty good and insightful ideas for the developing and improvement of tourism on Curaçao. The students were divided in two different groups, a research group and a media group.
The research group did research on improvements and presented their findings on tourism in Curaçao, in front of Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and the tourism board of “Raad van Kinderen Curaçao”.
This committee exists of very important people in the tourism branche on Curaçao. Organisations like Avila Hotel, Curaçao Tourist Board, Orco Bank, Curaçao Airport Holding, D&I Business Support Services, Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association and Tourism Management Curaçao are in this tourism board. They will do their best to implement the advice of ‘Raad van Kinderen’ / Kids Counsil in their companies.
Caribbean Filmcom organized the media part for the media group. The media group were following the research group by their investigation the past six weeks and captured it on film. They worked as real producers and took it to the streets to film their ideas of improvement. This time the students were divided in 5 groups and each were assigned a different role. Namely, producer, assistant producer, cameraman and sounds man. They were escorted by 5 filmmakers from Curaçao; Pito Polo, John Specht, Raino Mauricia, Hester Jonkhout & German Gruber. The Media School Curaçao provided workshops in which they thought the students the basics of filming and guided them with editing their own film!
As a result, the students of the media group edited and produced 5 different short-films, which were showcased during the presentation. Princess Laurentien and the Board were very proud and pleasantly surprised with the commitment and creativity of all these students.
We would like to thank everybody for their time and efforts to make this project a successful one. We should be proud of these young students and that they got the chance to learn and experience more about tourism and film! Their productions will soon be published.