(EMU) – St. Kitts, Nov 2, 2015: In a symbolic gesture UNESCO Officials handed over the Education Policy Review Document 2015 to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards on Friday October 30. The Minister received the document following two days of intense review and discussion by Education officials and sector stakeholders which featured an official report presented by Mr. David Atchoarena, Director of the Division of Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems and Ms. Megumi Watanabe Programme Specialist for UNESCO. In keeping with the thrust towards Education reform, the Minister noted that he was aware that a wide cross section of the society would benefit, “Parents, teachers, students, education officials and employers among others were eagerly anticipating the revamping of the sector to make it more relevant to the needs of individuals as well as to national development generally”.
Local Coordinator of the Education Policy Review Dr. Neva Pemberton said the report from UNESCO was insightful and would be very useful in the development of a medium term education sector strategy. Dr. Pemberton expressed gratitude on behalf of the Ministry for the critical assistance of UNESCO with the Review.
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, Curriculum Assessment and Teaching and Learning.
Present at the handing over ceremony was Mr. Antonio Maynard Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO who gave a brief description of other education related programmes being organized with the guidance and technical assistance of the National Commission.
Permanent Secretary Mrs. Ionie Liburd Willett, Chief Education Officer Dr. Tricia Esdaille and Education Planner Mr. Quinton Morton were also on hand to witness the very important occasion.