SEED payment schedule for January 2020

The Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Community Empowerment, reminds beneficiaries of the Support for Education Empowerment and Development Programme (SEED) of their grant payments for January 2020. Payment will begin Thursday, 23 January and continues on Friday, 24 January. It will then resume Monday, 27 January and will conclude on Wednesday, 29 January 2020. …

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New batch of Traffic Wardens commences training

A new batch of Traffic Wardens has commenced a 3-week intensive training aimed at equipping them with the necessary tools to effectively execute their functions. The training which began today, Monday 20 January 2020, at the Police Training School, was declared open by Assistant Commissioner of Police Michael Francois, who encouraged the trainees to do …

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Apply Now: Early Years Fellowship

Early Years Fellowship Governments are increasingly seeking advice and support from the World Bank to increase investments in the early years and improve the quality of early childhood services.  The Early Learning Partnership (ELP) launched the  Early Years Fellowship in 2017 to support governments and World Bank teams to scale up investments in the early years.  An …

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The CCRIF Regional Internship Programme: Announcement of Scholarships for Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Studies

The CCRIF Regional Internship Programme CCRIF is supporting a regional internship programme to provide career-related work experience for CARICOM and/or CCRIF Caribbean member country citizens that enhances the graduates’ academic training and provides a real world introduction to the graduates in the areas of disaster risk management, disaster risk financing, climate change, meteorology, risk transfer …

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#ASKSGLive758 – CARICOM Secretary-General to once again engage youth

Young people across the Region will once again have an opportunity to raise pertinent issues with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community in a public Forum. The Secretary-General will be engaging with the youth in the annual “Ask SG” event which is usually held just ahead of the Regular Meeting of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government. This …

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Regional Teaching Standards to be Reviewed

Experts from the Caribbean and Latin America will examine Standards for the Teaching Profession at a consultation this week. The sessions will involve approximately 100 participants comprising teachers, representatives from teacher organisations, Ministry of Education representatives, academics, Parent-Teacher Association representatives, pre-service teachers, Teacher Trainees and Teacher Task Force regional focal points. The consultation begins on Wednesday,  17 …

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Rethinking Masculinity, Understanding Gender Equality as a Means of Ending Gender-Based Violence in Caribbean Schools

On Monday, 9 September 2019, the first of five country workshops under the theme “Rethinking Masculinity, Understanding Gender Equality as a Means of Ending Gender-Based Violence in Caribbean Schools” opened in Trinidad and Tobago under the auspices of the CARICOM Secretariat, with support from the European Union’s 10th EDF Crime and Security CARIFORUM Project, and …

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Thirty-Nine New Literacy Leaders in the OECS!

Aligned with the ongoing mission to improve early grade reading levels in the OECS, the Early Learner’s Programme (ELP) within the OECS’ Education Development Management Unit (EDMU) collaborated with the Caribbean Society for the Advancement of Higher Education Research (CSAHER) and St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia Canada to certify 39 educators in Literacy …

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OECS ICT companies connect with global tech leaders at TechBeach Retreat in Jamaica

Six companies from the Eastern Caribbean participated in the 4th edition of the TechBeach Retreat which took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from December 5-7 2019.  The two-day event brought together hundreds of participants including technology entrepreneurs from the Caribbean and North America, and 52 world class keynote speakers from multiple global companies like The …

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150 Teachers to be Certified in Specialised Reading Instruction across the OECS

Friday, January 10, 2020 — The USAID/OECS Early Learners Programme is placing much emphasis on teacher professional development and training to ensure that the overall quality of reading instruction is improved at the Grade K to Grade 3 level across the OECS Member States of Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and …

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Government of Ireland Scholarships open to citizens of OECS Member States

The Government of Ireland, through the Irish Government’s Programme for Overseas Development (Irish Aid), has announced the 2020/21 Call for Ireland-SIDS Fellows Programme. The scholarship is open to nationals from select OECS Member States who are interested in Masters level studies relevant to addressing climate change, the blue economy and associated challenges. The aims of the …

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Sion Hill Government School in St. Vincent innovates with agriculture to improve Literacy!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 — As part of the OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme (ELP) within the Education Development Management Unit of the OECS Commission, small grants were provided to support school-based reading intervention projects.  Sion Hill Government School in St. Vincent chose to combine agriculture with reading to combat years of literacy struggles within the school. Having …

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All OECS Schools to Benefit From Improved Internet Connectivity

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 — The OECS-UNICEF initiative ‘ProjectConnect’ was successfully launched as part of a workshop held from 26-29 November, 2019 in Antigua and Barbuda. The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to launch ProjectConnect, the first pillar of a wider project which seeks to connect every …

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Virtual Coaching Initiative Piloted by OECS Teachers Receives International Recognition

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society will publish a pilot research project that used technology to ‘virtually coach’ early grade teachers within the OECS Member States in literacy instruction. This research was conducted in collaboration with the USAID/OECS Early Learners Programme (ELP), MindBloom Consulting and four teacher’s colleges: Antigua …

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ECS Embassies Congratulates Dominican Foreign Service Officers on Graduation from the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 — Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco — The Embassies of Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Morocco wishes to congratulate Ms. Remilia White and Ms. Kamila Bell, Foreign Service Officers from the Commonwealth of Dominica, on the successful completion of their intensive 10-month training programme delivered by the prestigious Académie Marocaine des …

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Government Grants 24-Hour Security To Ottos Comprehensive School

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has provided the desired solution at the Ottos Comprehensive School (OCS) by agreeing to implement 24-hour security on the school compound. “The main concern was the security and that has been addressed, not only at the Ottos Comprehensive School but at some of the schools that they’ve identified …

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Potters Primary School Kindergarteners Get Timely Gifts

A brief ceremony was held today to present a set of hand-held computers to the Potter’s Primary School kindergarten class. The timely donation was made by members of the Potters Progressive Society (PPS) and the Member of Parliament for St. George, Hon. Dean Jonas. The Potter’s Progressive Society is made up of members of the …

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Antigua State College Gets New Principal

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has announced the appointment of Na-Ajele Gadija Williams- Buffonge as acting principal, Antigua State College. She was appointed from a field of five applicants, who were all screened by senior officialswithin the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The Public Service Commissionsubsequently approved her appointment, effective 18 th …

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UWI Five Islands Relaxes Entry Requirements To Increase Student Population

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has been known across the Caribbean for its rigid requirements, however, the Five Islands Campus is making adjustments to the entry requirements to accommodate more students. Newly-appointed (interim) Director of Academic Affairs, Hyram Forde, spoke on the new innovative strategy of the campus. “In terms of entry requirements, …

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Baptist Academy Grade 6 Students Held Christmas Program For Elderly

Founder and principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua, Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas commended the Baptist Academy Grade 6 students for a magnificent Christmas programmewhich they held in honour of the elderly who reside at the Charmay’s Home in Golden Grove. This was done to fulfill the requirements for the Social Studies SBA for …

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Special Needs Children To Get “Special Attention” Says Ministry Of Education

The Ministry of Education in Antigua and Barbuda has decided that in 2020, students with special needs will be given, according to Director of Education Clare Browne, “special attention”. “We will be using Diagnostic Reading Assessment, or DAR, to assess literacy levels of these students at the secondary level while we continue with the Early …

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Principal stabbed to death in front of students

The principal of a pre-school in Port-of-Spain was stabbed in the classroom on Monday. She died at hospital. Police said Jezelle Phillip was at her workplace, Baby’s Pre-School, when she was attacked at around 7.20am. The attack was witnessed by some pupils. Jezelle Phillip was stabbed outside this school. Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR It happened as …

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The Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility: Learning, sharing, and engaging

YouthPower Learning and partners of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth have launched a joint Knowledge Facility (www.decentjobsforyouth.org/knowledge) which is open for business — if you’re in thebusiness of boosting youth employment prospects. The Knowledge Facility is a place for policy makers and practitioners to learn, share, and engage on youth employment …

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94 schools across the OECS benefit from grants to improve literacy

Canaries Infant School (Saint Lucia) Uses Grant to Improve Boys Reading Levels! As part of the OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme (ELP) within the Education Development Management Unit of the OECS Commission, small grants were provided under the project to support school-based reading intervention projects. A total of ninety-four (94) schools across the OECS have benefitted …

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