The Dr. William Connor Primary School is the 2017 RAMS Primary School Champions

(EMU) – St. Kitts, March, 28, 2017: Congratulations are in order for the Dr. William Connor Primary: not only are they the 2017 RAMS Primary School Champions, but the first school to win by the largest victory margin to date.  The proud athletes and teachers of the school convincingly retained the Championship for the second consecutive year, this past weekend, March 25th & 26th at the Kim Collins Athletic Stadium.  Parents, students, fans and well-wishers were all in attendance to bear witness to the various track and field events, in which Dr. William Connor accrued an impressive 17 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards, awarded the championship trophy and commended their performance during the competition.  The Victor and Victrix Ludorum of the Championship went to the Sandy Point Primary and Tyrell Williams Primary Schools respectively.

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Social Studies Government Workshop

(EMU)– St. Kitts, January 26th 2017: Social Studies Resource Teachers from our primary schools in St Kitts and Nevis, participated in a workshop on the topic of Government at the Curriculum Development Unit on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. Given the vital role government plays within our society, it is not surprising that it is equally mirrored in the Curriculum for Social Studies. However, the scarcity of reliable literature and resources about the topic is troubling and often results in teachers experiencing a number of challenges when facilitating learning and teaching in this area.  The workshop was just one way in which the Coordinators for Social Studies, Mrs. Sheryl Harris and Ms. Adina Richards, intend to address the lack of adequate and reliable information.  Thus, the broad aim was to equip the Resource Teachers, so they can in turn equip teachers at their respective schools with information from reliable individuals who know the content intimately.

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AVEC Trainees Display Skills at Open Day

(EMU) – St. Kitts, March, 20, 2017: Trainees, staff and management of the Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC) hosted their open day on Thursday 16th March at the facility under the theme, “Develop a skill - Begin a career.”  In addition to exhibitions, the open day included live demonstrations, of the trainees displaying their skills mastered in the various disciplines provided at AVEC.  The aim of the event was to give visitors a better understanding of the training and work that is being offered at the establishment, and to give them the opportunity to learn more about the possibilities of development through AVEC.   Declaring the commencement of activities for the open day was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Vincent Hodge, who commended the Director and staff of AVEC for the guidance they provide to the trainees not only academically but in life skills as well, “This represents a wide array of skills, knowledge and aptitudes that young people should continue to develop for their own advancement as well for the development of the country.”

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SKN Act and UNESCO’s SMART Project Launches

IMG 4094(EMU) – St. Kitts, March, 13th, 2017: The St. Kitts Nevis Advocacy Consultancy and Training Services (SKN ACTS) in collaboration with The St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO launched the 1st Seminar of the Single Mothers Advancement & Resilience Training, (SMART) on Thursday 9th March.   The opening ceremony held at the Bird Rock Beach Hotel, hosted the participants, one hundred (100) single mothers from around the Federation, and inmates from Her Majesty’s Prison, for the ground breaking seminar of ‘Gender Rights and Women Empowerment’.   Facilitator and Strategic Planning, Youth Policy & Women Development Expert and Consultant, Ms. Dwynette D. Eversley spoke on the importance and timeliness of the project given the excessive stigmatization and social sanctions of women in today’s society. 

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Ministry of Education Announces Consultancy For Student-Centred Learning

IMG 0242(EMU) – St. Kitts, March 10, 2017: The Ministry of Education has advertised a consultancy geared at improving student achievement and maximizing potential through the introduction of differentiated instruction in the Federation’s schools.  Presently in the Federation’s classrooms instruction remains largely teacher-centred and not configured to cater to the multiple learning needs of students. The emphasis has been on covering the curriculum rather than pacing instruction towards the mastery of the goals of the curricula by students.  Differentiated instruction requires assessing individual learning needs by way of a diagnostic system that will assess learning deficits and devise appropriate interventions strategic for student success.  The differentiated classroom utilizes a print rich classroom environment, uses continuous assessment to inform instruction and monitor progress, as well as enquiry based approaches- known to promote mastery for all students.

 

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Reopening of the newly designed Vitoria Road Preschool

IMG 37231(EMU) – St. Kitts, March 9th, 2017: Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the teachers, staff or specially invited guests of the Early Childhood Development Unit, particularly the students of the Victoria Road Preschool as they officially opened the newly constructed school on Tuesday March 7th.   Ambassadors, Government officials, parents and well-wishers all gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the school’s grounds.  Amongst the guests were Mrs. Leonie James and Mrs. Vanta Walters, early pioneers of the development of modern Day Care and Pre-School. Chairperson and Education Officer, Mrs. Emileta Warner Paul, welcomed the guests and ushered the way for speakers, which included Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, and PTA President, Dr. Vance Gilbert to give brief remarks. 

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