It came as part of a series of workshops being organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Learning Support Centre. The initiative is intended to help students both academically and socially.
The Coordinator of the Learning Support Centre, Eleanor Phillip, explained that the goals of the workshop are also seeking to provide opportunities for the students to practice acceptable dining skills, educate students of the need and the know how to take care of their personal health, while encouraging them to socialise and make friends with their peers all around the Federation.
In the morning sessions students were taught etiquette in public places and dining etiquette. This was followed by lunch at Government House where they were placed in a formal setting to practice their newly introduced skills. In the afternoon students engaged in discussions about Personal Hygiene, Sex and Sexual Health.
Chief Education Officer Clarice Cotton stated that the Learning Support Centre has prided itself in taking the initiative to coach the students not only in dining etiquette and hygiene tips but also in social skills that will benefit the tourism sector.
“We need to learn) how to be polite how to do the right things in the right places,” Ms. Cotton explained.
Basseterre High, Cayon High, Charles E. Mills Secondary, Charlestown Secondary, Gingerland Secondary, Saddlers Secondary, Verchilds High and Washington Archibald High all benefited from the sessions.
The Ministry of Education, in November of last year, partnered with the Learning Support Departments of all the high schools in St. Kitts and Nevis for a similar Social Graces Workshop.