The present MOAS in St. Kitts (March 24-26, 2015) was the first time it has been conducted in an English-speaking country in the Caribbean. The Model OAS (MOAS) General Assembly programme for universities of the hemisphere started in Washington D.C. in 1980. Sessions have been held in Spanish and English in member states over three decades.
The significance of the MOAS being held in St. Kitts in English was underscored by faculty member of the University of Guyana (UG), Kadasi Ceres.
“I had a meeting with my students … and they reported that the rules of procedure are more strictly observed in the Spanish model,” Kadasi said. “I can put that down to the fact that we basically are now starting the English model in the Caribbean, so obviously it is going to take some time for us to get familiar with these things.”
“They are trying to solve some of the problems confronting the citizens of the hemisphere from their particular perspective and of course you know just meeting their colleagues from across the region and hearing their ideas, that’s a positive,” Mr. Kadasi said.
Students from the University of Guyana have not had to struggle with the language barrier that required translators at the Spanish model and are very comfortable here in St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Kadasi said. Regarding future Spanish models, Mr. Kadasi said “We believe that these experiences are extremely rewarding overall, so that’s why we will continue to go to that model.”