“The pen is mightier than the sword”, says Minister of Education
Following the 6th Nature Island Literacy Festival and Book Fair 2013, that began on Friday August 9th and continued into the weekend, Honourable Petter St. Jean, Minister of Education, says we need to foster and develop, a number of poets for the near future.
He urged the student population throughout Dominica, generally the youth, to take advantage of literary opportunities and advised them, to attend organized activities for literary development.
“Many of our writers and poets throughout the Caribbean began from humble beginnings,” he stated.
Mr. St. Jean believes that defining and promoting Caribbean identity is a common factor in much of our Caribbean writing.
He said, the often repeated phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword”, is extremely applicable to our Caribbean, Literary, Social and Political landscape.
The Minister stated that we have the example of Edward Oliver Leblanc. He was a writer, poet and politician, who transformed the political, social, and economic landscape here in Dominica.
It is Mr. St. Jean’s hope that the interest in Literature, will grow drastically amongst the youth.