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Members of UNESCO pay courtesy call on Minister Lloyd
May 5, 2021 - 8:28:00 AM

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From left: Ms. Deidre Bevans, Secretary General, His Excellency Desmond Edwards, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate, the Hon. Jeffrey L. Lloyd, Minister of Education, Dr. Ann Higgins, President of the International Dance Council, UNESCO Nassau Section, Mrs. Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Henry Higgins, Cultural Officer, Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture). Photo by: Ms Joanne Turnquest, Communications Department Ministry of Education

The Hon. Jeffrey L. Lloyd, Minster of Education received a Courtesy Call from members of The Bahamas National Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization),  on Thursday, April 29, 2021, to thank the Ministry for contributions made, which assisted them in achieving many of their goals.

Three members from the Commission were in attendance including: His Excellency Desmond Edwards, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate, Ms. Deidre Bevans, Secretary General, and Dr. Ann Higgins, President of the International Dance Council, UNESCO Nassau Section. They outlined many of the accomplishments made by the Commission, some of which include; an opportunity to participate actively in the work of the Organization, including sessions of the UNESCO General Conference, its highest policy-making organ and the Executive Board of UNESCO, the second highest decision-making organization. Mr. Henry Higgins, Cultural Officer, Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture was also in attendance.

Dr. Ann Higgins thanked the Ministry for all of its support, which in part, lead to the validation of Bahamian Folk Dance, Junkanoo Dance, and Liturgical Dance, under the International Dance Council, (CID), the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.

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Photo by: Ms Joanne Turnquest, Communications Department Ministry of Education

Ms. Deidre Bevans then up-dated Minister Lloyd, and Mrs. Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, on the strides made by the organization, inclusive of the appointment of a Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Signing on to three Cultural Conventions, and submitting Nomination Papers for the Inscription of Junkanoo on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in urgent need of safeguarding.

Minister Lloyd commended The Bahamas National Commission for UNESCO members on their many accomplishments and expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in amplifying the visibility of The Bahamas on an International scale.

The meeting concluded with Dr. Ann Higgins presenting the Hon. Minister with tokens of their appreciation, which included a framed copy of the validation letter from the International Dance Council (CID), Paris.

By Lisa C. Bullard
Communications Department
Ministry of Education

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Photo by: Ms Joanne Turnquest, Communications Department Ministry of Education



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