On World Tourism Day, the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) launched tourism as a subject for elementary schools and special schools. This follows after launching last year on the same date, the trajectory of preparing the necessary materials. The introduction of tourism as a subject at elementary schools will help to expand the knowledge of our children regarding the importance of tourism for our country. The official launch was held at Coromoto College, in the presence of the Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Ruisandro Cijntje, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Mr. Sithree van Heydoorn, as well as representatives of the several ministries involved and the different school boards. Furthermore, the day program included presentations from the students of, A. E. Goilo School, Adventschool Koraal Specht, Kolegio Erasmo, Emmy Berthold School FO, Skol Marieta Alberto ZMLK/MLK, Dr. Albert Schweitzer FO and Coromoto College.
The school subject of tourism will be introduced in group 5 at the elementary and special schools. After evaluation groups 6 and 7 will follow. The materials that will be used in the schools consist of a series of interactive videos, together with a guidebook for teachers and a workbook with assignments for the students. The first 5 videos cover the following topics: what is tourism and who is a tourist, let’s visit a hotel, marketing and promotion, tourist attractions and the importance of the harbor. The work committee that created the different materials consists of 4 teachers, a social worker and representatives of CTB.
CTB extends its gratitude to all who contributed to the realization of this trajectory, in particular the Ministry of Education, the different school boards and partners in the tourism sector. The introduction of tourism as a subject at elementary and special schools will help our children to know from an early age about the importance of tourism for Curaçao, and also spark their interest to later choose to work in this dynamic sector.