TVET’s Enhancing Project Preparation Moves Forward With Two-Day Stakeholder Workshop.

(EMU) – St. Kitts, June 15, 2016: Following the launch of the Technical and Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) Enhancement Project, the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), conducted a two-day workshop, which was designed to familiarize stakeholders within the various Ministries, Departments and Industries about TVET’s enhancement project.   According to Mr. Kertney Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at the St. Kitts-Nevis TVET Secretariat, the workshop objectives included, enhanced institutional capacity for effective governance, the development of operational guidelines to support the training in PEP employees at AVEC, building and civil works rehabilitation works at: Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC) including various High Schools around the Federation. 

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The Ministry of Education receives technology donation from International Software Services, St. Kitts-Nevis

(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 15, 2016:  The Ministry of Education is grateful for the generous gift of a number of pieces of industry standard technology equipment for distribution across the ministry from the CEO of International Software Services, St Kitts-Nevis, Dana Parham, on the closing of its operations in the Federation, this month (July).  Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Shawn Richards, expressed his appreciation for the donation of several, keyboards, monitors and networking equipment well needed in the primary and secondary schools in St Kitts and noted his special thanks for the gift of a cutting edge rack mount server system with a high capacity UPS redundant power supply.  “These items are well received and especially at a time when the Education Management Information Systems Department is seeking to establish the requisite information systems to support the administrative, planning and education services of the ministry,” Minister Richards shared.

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TVET Enhancement Project Launches to Ensure Quality Educational Opportunities

Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 13, 2016 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education has launched an over EC $32 million (32,756,000) Technical and Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) Enhancement Project in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). This project is aimed at providing high quality educational opportunities for its trainees.  During the launch at the Bird Rock Beach Hotel Conference Room, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Honourable Shawn Richards, said that, “At the end of this project, the Ministry of Education and by extension the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will be able to boast of a high quality, relevant and gender-responsive TVET training system.” He added that the certification provided under the project will be accepted worldwide.  The Deputy Prime Minister said that the government is not only putting the project into place, but is ensuring from the very start that the programme is one that has a quality element to it.

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Education Officials Bid Farewell to Exiting Permanent Secretary

(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 11, 2016:  Top officials in the Ministry of Education bade farewell to their exiting Permanent Secretary Mrs. Ionie Liburd Willett at a planning meeting to discuss key activities for the ministry during the summer months for the upcoming school year.  Mrs. Willett, who served as the Permanent Secretary since August 22nd, 2011 was full of words of advice for the various area heads as she moved on to fulfil her new function.  Mrs. Willett urged them to stay focussed, to put their best foot forward and keep up the positive momentum by assisting Education Minister, Hon. Shawn Richards, as much as possible in fulfilling the ministry’s mandate.The ministry heads expressed congratulations to Mrs. Willett, whose new position as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, was cited as an indication of the trust and confidence placed in her skills and abilities as an administrator.

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What is Education?

Mark K Smith 2015: When talking about education people often confuse it with schooling. Many think of places like schools or colleges when seeing or hearing the word. They might also look to particular jobs like teacher or tutor. The problem with this is that while looking to help people learn, the way a lot of schools and teachers operate is not necessarily something we can properly call education. They have chosen or fallen or been pushed into ‘schooling’ – trying to drill learning into people according to some plan often drawn up by others. Paulo Freire (1973) famously called this banking – making deposits of knowledge. Such ‘schooling’ quickly descends into treating learners like objects, things to be acted upon rather than people to be related to.  Education, as we understand it here, is a process of inviting truth and possibility, of encouraging and giving time to discovery. It is, as John Dewey (1916) put it, a social process – a process of living and not a preparation for future living’. In this view educators look to act with people rather on them. Their task is to educe (related to the Greek notion of educere), to bring out or develop potential. 

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Graduands receive thoughtful contributionfrom Delta Petroleum

(EMU) – St. Kitts, June 14, 2016: Besides achieving this major milestone the graduating class of 2016 has yet another reason to rejoice, as the regional gasoline and diesel company, Delta Petroleum has made a gracious contribution to them. During a small handing over ceremony, representatives from Delta Petroleum, Regional General Manager, Mr. Bevis Sylvester and Island Manager, Mr. Robert Liburd handed over the monetary contributions to Education Minister, Hon. Shawn Richards and Chief Education Officer, Dr. Tricia Esdaille.  The contribution totalling ECD $14,250.00 was divided amongst all public sector schools to aid in their graduation ceremony(s), from Pre-school thru Secondary schools across St. Kitts.  An undisclosed amount for the sister island Nevis, would be distributed at a later date. 

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