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Senator Genevieve Whitaker applauds the passage of her multiple measures at the CRJ hearing

Senator Genevieve Whitaker applauds the passage of her measures,

concerning the integration of the Virgin Islands & Caribbean History into the curriculum and the full establishment of the Virgin Islands Board of Naturopathic Physicians

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands - Senator Genevieve Whitaker thanks her colleagues for the passage of two of her critical pieces of legislation, one concerning education and the other healthcare in the Rules and Judiciary Committee held on Thursday, October 13, 2022, Bill No. 34-0238, An Act amending Title 17 Virgin Islands Code, chapter 5, section 41(c), relating to courses of study in public schools to require that the Virgin Islands and Caribbean history be integrated into the curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12 and for other purposes and Bill Number 34-0243, An Act amending Title 27 Virgin Islands Code, chapter 4, section 193 to change the composition of the Board of Naturopathic Physicians. “As the primary sponsor of Bill 34-0238, the goal is for our children to learn Virgin Islands and Caribbean holistically, meaning integration will provide a means for creative approaches that are meant for our students to fully grasp their understanding of their history and there are numerous resources to support the importance of integration,” states Senator Genevieve Whitaker For example, Edutopia, a George Lucas Educational Foundation, “[i]ntegrated studies involves bringing together typically disconnected subjects so that students can arrive at more meaningful and authentic understanding.” Then there is the 2021 article by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of the UNESCO General History of Africa integration successful pilot in Kenya: “Thank Senators Milton Potter (Potter), Carla Joseph (Joseph) (Senator Joseph is a Co-Sponsor) and Angel Bolques, Jr. (Bolques, Jr.) for their support in moving this measure forward on behalf of the children of the Virgin Islands,” states Senator Whitaker. Additionally, for the unanimous passage of my companion measure Bill No. 34-0243, I thank all of my colleagues: Senators Potter, Joseph, Bolques, Jr., Novelle Francis, and Franklin Johnson for voting in the affirmative to help move naturopathic healthcare forward. (Note: Bill No. 34-0244 as also sponsored by Senator Marvin Blyden concerning the expansion of naturopathic medicine and regulation improvements is now Act No. 8611). Senator Whitaker would also like to again thank the stakeholders of both measures, as she shared on the senate hearing floor, highlighting especially former Senators Adelbert Bryan and Cleone Creque who back in 1983 passed Act 4844 for the teaching of Virgin Islands and Caribbean history. “Thank you also to the stakeholders of Bill No. 34-0238 Dr. Chelsea Leander, ND of VI Family Wellness, Daniel Seitz, JD, EdD, Executive Director of the Naturopathic Medical Education Council, and Dr. Wendy Coram, ND of Corvia Natural Healthcare Services for their testimonies and input on the matter of promoting the importance of naturopathic medicine. The measures will now be heard in the full body known as Session once scheduled by the Office of the Senate President.

“Education is the great engine to personal development.” — Nelson Mandela

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