UNESCO Education Policy Review and Sector Strategy Diagnosis Workshop

(EMU) – St. Kitts, October, 20, 2015: A workshop designed to review and discuss two important documents, namely the UNESCO Education Policy Review and a Comprehensive Education Sector Strategy Diagnosis would be held at the Ocean Terrace Inn from October 28th -29th.
Dr. Neva Pemberton, Education Planner in the Department of Education within the Ministry of Education on Nevis and also the National Coordinator for UNESCO Education Sector Policy Review outlined the importance of the upcoming workshop hosted by the Ministry of Education in Collaboration with the National Commission For UNESCO:

“Stakeholders are going to be asked to look at these two documents together and more importantly put both documents in dialogue with one another. Stakeholders would look at the recommendations in the policy review and where relevant align them with the policy issues that are outlined in the education sector diagnosis.”

The Education Planner indicated that a National Review Team was put in place locally to aid UNESCO as it provided technical assistance by carrying out research and drafting of both documents. The team comprised Education officials as well as staff the Ministries of Social Development and Finance on St. Kitts and Nevis. Other contributing stakeholders included the Principal’s Association, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, the University of the West Indies Open Campus and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

“While this is a closed session the Education Sector Diagnosis will be shared with the general public in a different form at a date to be determined in the near future so community groups, parents, teachers, who didn’t attend the workshops and students can weigh in on some of the issues in the Education Sector Diagnosis and the Policy Review would also be made available to the public for review after its validated and out into final form.”
Approximately forty-five participants representing major stakeholders of the ministry are expected to attend.

After three successful technical missions spanning 2014 to present, the Policy Review provides a detailed analysis of four critical areas within Education namely: Governance; Management and Planning; Academic Staff Policy; as well as Curriculum Assessment and Teaching and Learning.

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