Region’s Top CXC Top CXC Performers Converge On St Kitts-Nevis for 2017 Governance Meeting and Awards Ceremony

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December, 10, 2017: The region’s top academic performers for 2017 will be guests of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis as they are awarded as part of the 2017 Governance meeting scheduled for December 11-17.  Students from throughout the region including a contingent from Guyana from which the region’s number-one performer hails started arriving in the Federation this weekend in anticipation of the event.  The week long activity will include Meetings of the CXC Council; School Principals and Education Officials; the Examinations Committee; CXC Registrars as well as Senior Managers.  The highlight of the week will be the Opening of Council and Presentation of the Regional Top Awards on Thursday December 14th at 7pm at the St Kitts Marriott Resort.

School Management Teams Meet Ministry Officials

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 5, 2017: A team from the Ministry of Education lead by Minister of Education, Hon Shawn K. Richards, will now meet to discuss findings after a series of consultation meetings held with the management teams of secondary schools in St. Kitts over the course of the past two weeks.

“The management of schools has become a complex matter, we have to ensure that our principals and administrators are trained and have the resources to manage their school well,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mr. William Hodge stated.  He described the sessions as candid, courteous and courageous conversations.  The discourse, which took place during the fact finding mission would be used to determine the way forward for secondary schools in St. Kitts. 

Consultation Reveals Results of Out of School Children And Identifies Remedies for The Way Forward

(EMU) – St. Kitts, November 27, 2017: “We solicit the assistance and support of parents and other stakeholders to collaborate with the Ministry of Education by encouraging their children to apply themselves and stay in school.”  This plea came from Minister of Education Hon. Shawn K. Richards as he delivered an address to stakeholders attending the Study Workshop on Out of School Children organized by UNICEF and the University of the West Indies, which took place from November 23-24.  The two- day activity explored findings of a series of studies conducted over the course of 2015-2016 as the region sought to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals including that of ‘Education for All.’  The effort sought to ascertain data on how many children were actually utilizing the learning institutions that had been provided for their use as well as the barriers preventing them from being in school with a view to addressing them in a systematic manner.

Annual Taiwanese Scholarship Ceremony Confers US $100, 000 to the Federation’s Youth

(EMU) – St. Kitts, November 22, 2017: The Embassy of The Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) donated USD, One Hundred Thousand to the Ministry of Education on Wednesday 22nd November.  “Education is not just the right thing to do but a smart investment, it provides the keys for sustainable development of a country,” asserted Ambassador, His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou as he addressed the gathering at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium.   He stated, “We recognize the high potential in the younger generation because no investment in the youth is too late and none is insignificant. Not only are we providing scholarships for students but also supporting the professional development of teachers.”  Ambassador Chiou, who made the donation, announced that his Government strives to maintain great diplomatic relations and this donation is a way of demonstrating that commitment.

Ministry Of Education Launches The Highly Anticipated Education Sector Plan 2017-2021

(EMU) – St. Kitts, November, 20, 2017: Reformation of the Education Sector jumps into action with the launch of the Education Sector Plan.  On the grounds of the Ocean Terrace Inn on Friday, 17th November, the Ministry revealed the plan to all stakeholders within the educational realm in the Federation. The Ministry has been working to develop this plan to guide policy action over the next five years and to align its policies with initiatives such as the OECS Education Sector Strategy.  The Ministry of Education is implementing the 2017–2021 Education Sector Plan under the theme: Education for All: Embracing Change, Securing the Future. The plan builds on its predecessor, the White Paper on Education Development and Policy 2009–2019, and provides a strategic road-map for the Ministry to follow to improve the provision and administration of education over the medium-term plan period.

Minister Richards Presents SKN Slave Route Text: Places of Memory" to Director of the Division for UNESCO World Heritage Sector

(NATCOM)Basseterre, 14 November, 2017: On the fringes of the UNESCO 39th General Conference, Minister Richards presented the St. Kitts-Nevis Slave Route Text, entitled, "Places of Memory" to Mrs. Mechtild Rossler, Director of the Division for UNESCO World Heritage Sector.  “The Places of Memory” Book was officially launched at a ceremony at Government House on Tuesday (May 09) and celebrated as an outstanding “visual documentary” of the history of St. Kitts and Nevis expressed by a citizen of the federation.  The 141 page publication was a collaborative venture between historian, author and researcher Leonard Stapleton and the National Commission for UNESCO and highlights various sites across the federation associated with “The Experiences and Contributions of the Enslaved Africans in St. Kitts and Nevis.”  The book focusses on historical sites and ruins around St Kitts and Nevis where African ancestors achieved outstanding feats in strength; engineering and tenacity which have often gone unheralded.

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