Courts Local Reading Competition 2016 Launched

(EMU) – St. Kitts, September 27, 2016:  Courts Ltd. and the Federal Ministry of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis have officially launched the National Courts Reading Competition on Monday; in anticipation of the Regional Competition to be held in the Federation this year following the victory by Hrishikesh Srinivasan of Maude Cross Comprehensive in Nevis. The final was held in Dominica last year.  According to Reading Coordinator at the Curriculum Development Unit, Ms. Jacqueline Bassue, the event is anticipated by November this year and is expected to gain steady momentum over the coming weeks.  Commenting on the success of the reading competition and its impact on children, Bassue said, “It showcases the bright minds and excellent readers who will prove to be true ambassadors for the Federation and Caribbean region.  They will demonstrate that good reading will always be rewarded and is a free ticket to any part of the world.  ”In reflecting on his participation and victory Hrishikesh called on students present at the launch to “practise, practise, practise.

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Guidance Counsellors Benefit From Parent Empowerment Training

(EMU) – St. Kitts, September 27, 2016:  Guidance counsellors in primary and secondary schools have a better understanding of the challenges that some parents may face in relating to their children when dealing with complex issues such as substance abuse, discipline and the like having completed a recent workshop entitled“Empowerment for Parents.”The Ministry of Education organized the workshop which was conducted by Ms. Karlene Rickard out of the United Kingdom who actually designed and wrote the programme which deals with such topics such as Communication, Discipline, Academics, Drug Use and Money Matters; all considered important topics in parent-child relationships.Ms Rickard stressed that allowing participants to sit in the “parenting seat rather than the counselling seat, helped to have them recall and identify with real issues among parents and their children and to consider issues from that perspective rather than as teachers.”

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First Education Policy Review Conducted In Latin America And The Caribbean Unveiled In St. Kitts And Nevis

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 21, 2016 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis unveiled its Education Policy Review Final Report on September 20, which is the first education policy review conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean which stands as an example of a “best practice” in policy and planning to be emulated across the region, says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Honourable Shawn Richards.  According to the report, in 2014- 2015, UNESCO was tasked with carrying out the education policy review. As part of the process, it was agreed that UNESCO and the Government would review and asses four education policy domains, drawing on their sector priorities and provide a set of policy recommendations to contribute to educational development in the country.  The four policy domains include, academic staff, curriculum development teaching and learning environments and governance, planning, management, funding and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) policies.

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SKN National Commission for UNESCO Re-Instated

(NATCOM) - Basseterre, 23 September, 2016: At a ceremony to reinstate members of the National Commission for UNESCO held on Tuesday September 20, Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards saluted members for their stewardship in championing the cause of effective programme delivery in the field of UNESCO’s competencies. “My Government remains committed to UNESCO’s mandate and core work programmes as a vehicle for our national development,” he said. “This is critical for the country as we pursue our efforts at attaining the New 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”  According to Minister Richards, the role of the National Commission would be significant, as the Federation “seeks to forge an even more robust relationship and partnership with UNESCO including its regional cluster office for the Caribbean to provide more active levels of capacity building assistance, especially in the area of Youth Empowerment and Development, Cultural Policy and Strategic Planning, and to strengthen our efforts in pursing quality education and lifelong learning and training for all our citizens.”

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Deane Glasford Receives Supplies From Newyork/St Peters Alumni

(EMU) – St. Kitts, September 20, 2016: Students of the Deane Glasford Primary School were the recipients of a bag of school supplies which were distributed to every student as a result of the generosity of the New York - St Peters Alumni Group.“Past residents of St Peters now residing in New York present the school with donations on an annual basis for ten years now,” said Principal Ms. Avonelle Martin who expressed gratitude on behalf of the eager recipients.  Ms. Martin encouraged students to show gratitude for the generosity showed by the Association adding that they should tell their parents where the gifts had originated so that they in turn could express gratitude to family members and friends overseas.  The bags contained school supplies including exercise books, rulers, erasers, sharpeners and pens.  Previous contributions included classroom clocks, books for the library; monetary contributions as well as stationery.

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Coaches Pioneer Primary Schools P.E. Project

(EMU) – St. Kitts, September 13, 2016: Fourteen coaches were dubbed pioneers of the Primary Schools Physical Education Pilot Project.
“The aim is for the P.E. Programme to develop our children holistically through appropriate activities including fitness and sports-oriented activities to promote physical, emotional and social well being,”  facilitator Ms Michelle Sutton said.  She added that the objective was to ensure that children learned the habit and benefits of physical activity from a young age that they could take into their adult lives.  “All secondary schools in the Federation have persons assigned to physical education but unfortunately we have to start somewhere.” Ms Sutton whose brain child the project was is an education officer who is passionate about children’s physical development. According to Sutton, a week of activities (Sept 5-9) featured training for the coaches who will be involved in piloting the project which starts initially at the Bronte Welsh, Beach Allen and Deane Glasford Primary Schools.

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