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Commentary: Politics is education, not tribalism

May 4, 2017
Commentary: Politics is education, not tribalism Rickey Singh, a popular Caribbean journalist, in an article in the Saturday Express titled “Promises of new Jamaican politics,” says that the PNP opposition leader in Jamaica, Dr Peter Phillips, made a plea for his people to pursue a new kind of politics to overcome ‘tribal divisiveness’ and rebuild...

Benchmark educational standards for better policy development, says IDB

April 18, 2017
Benchmark educational standards for better policy development, says IDB KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Therese Turner-Jones, the general manager for the Inter-American Development Bank’s Caribbean Country Department, has emphasized the importance of benchmarking based upon international standards in education, with the goal of developing better educational policies.

Guyanese doctor describes experience at university in Russia

April 18, 2017
Guyanese doctor describes experience at university in Russia GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Every year since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Guyana in 1970, the Russian government has provided scholarships to Guyanese students for studies in Russia. More than 100 Guyanese students, including doctors, engineers, politicians...

Commentary: The importance of professional development in teaching

April 18, 2017
Commentary: The importance of professional development in teaching Teachers need to become partners in and ultimately responsible for their own learning. The process whereby this is achieved is through professional development. Professional development is an ongoing, continuous process. Teachers should be desirous of constantly improving themselves.

Antigua-Barbuda launches new education course on Travel Agent University

April 6, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda launches new education course on Travel Agent University NEW YORK, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda has announced the launch of its new agent specialist course on the premiere e-learning platform, Travel Agent University (TAU). TAU, with 45,000 plus active members, is the industry's largest online travel agent community, having graduated...

CTO launches digital tourism education learning series for Caribbean primary schools

March 23, 2017
CTO launches digital tourism education learning series for Caribbean primary schools BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The teaching of tourism education in Caribbean primary school just got easier with the launch this week of creative teaching tools by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The region’s tourism development agency has introduced its first ever tourism education...

Commentary: Character-based leadership: The game changer

March 18, 2017
Commentary: Character-based leadership: The game changer The idea of leadership has come in for much analysis and discussion recently. It has replaced management as a strategy for organizational and employee development, and has deeper dimensions, including areas such as winning the confidence and commitment of others, and stirring...

Barbados receives $10 million education boost from China

March 9, 2017
Barbados receives $10 million education boost from China BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Education in Barbados has been bolstered with a donation of some BDS$10 million (US$5 million) in teaching equipment from China, which will be allocated to schools and institutions across the island. The donation was accepted on Wednesday by minister of...

Higher education in Puerto Rico in crisis

February 24, 2017
Higher education in Puerto Rico in crisis SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- UPR, the University of Puerto Rico, finds itself in crisis, following funding cutbacks that have led to a wave of resignations by top administrators. Last summer, the US Congress adopted PROMESA (the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act).

Commentary: Is education itself a mishap?

February 16, 2017
Commentary: Is education itself a mishap? In the Caribbean, we have always valued education, and although we are not always sure what it means, we feel it is something beneficial to have. The argument is that education is a contested concept. It means different things to different people at different times. But whatever it is, it is seen...

Laundered money handed to Guyana university, says Nigerian prosecutor

February 4, 2017
Laundered money handed to Guyana university, says Nigerian prosecutor LAGOS, Nigeria -- In an indictment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria against embattled justice of the Federal High Court, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, prosecutors are claiming (among other things) that Ofili-Ajumogobia had influenced the Nigeria Maritime...

Guyana university moves to silence local media

February 2, 2017
Guyana university moves to silence local media GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Fearing further public scrutiny of its operations in Guyana, Texila American University recently move to court asking that international journalist and editor-in-chief of the Guyana Guardian, Dennis Adonis, be silenced from making any form of negative disclosures in an impending...

Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme

January 25, 2017
Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A technology incubation programme that provides business support services for young entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti is open for applications. The Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the...

Commentary: The brain drain of the Caribbean trained nurses

January 23, 2017
Commentary: The brain drain of the Caribbean trained nurses Our quiet need: The role of a nurse is equally important as a good doctor, education, clean criminal record, and a productive safe community. These caretakers and medicine givers are eyes and ears of doctors, from preparing a clean bed to escorting sick and helpless patients, even ones...

Commentary: Marjorie Basden - A stalwart in education in the Turks and Caicos Islands

January 23, 2017
Commentary: Marjorie Basden - A stalwart in education in the Turks and Caicos Islands Mrs Majorie Lightbourne-Basden was born in South Caicos on August 1, 1924. She attended the pre-school of the late Miss Mary Robinson. She also attended pre-school headed by the late Mrs Euphemia Lockhart. At the age of seven, she entered the Government All Age Primary School. 

CSME training for Guyana's secondary school teachers

January 17, 2017
CSME training for Guyana's secondary school teachers GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Secondary school teachers in Guyana are set to be more knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is due to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop starting on Tuesday...

Fifty Guyana trainees to benefit from oil and gas courses in Texas

January 16, 2017
Fifty Guyana trainees to benefit from oil and gas courses in Texas AUSTIN, USA -- At least 50 Guyanese trainees are expected to benefit from a series of oil and gas related courses that will be offered by the University of Texas – Petroleum Extension, in association with the Caribbean Learning Portal, and schooladviser.org. The first course, which is part of a total...

UN emergency fund authorises $3.5 million for restoring education services in Haiti

December 29, 2016
UN emergency fund authorises $3.5 million for restoring education services in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations fund aimed at rapid humanitarian response for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict has approved $3.5 million for restoring safe education services for schools and other relief activities in storm-hit southwest Haiti.

Another Guyana offshore university accused of defrauding students

December 28, 2016
Another Guyana offshore university accused of defrauding students GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The largest selling English language daily newspaper in the world, the Times of India, has reported that another Indian-owned offshore university located in Guyana has been defrauding international students, seemingly with the blessing of Guyana’s National...

CDB provides grant to upgrade primary school in Jamaica

December 22, 2016
CDB provides grant to upgrade primary school in Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A rural school in Jamaica, built 80 years ago, will receive its first upgrade thanks to a grant of US$430,113 from the Caribbean Development Bank through its Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). Ground was broken on December 20, to begin rehabilitation...

CDB US$12.3 million funding to enhance TVET education system in Guyana

December 20, 2016
CDB US$12.3 million funding to enhance TVET education system in Guyana BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – In Guyana, there is growing demand for a workforce with specialized skills, as well as a need to increase sustainable employment opportunities for Guyanese. To address this, the government of Guyana has received funding of US$12.3 million from the...

UWI degrees now accepted in China

December 20, 2016
UWI degrees now accepted in China KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced the official recognition of its degrees in China. In correspondence to The UWI vice-chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles, dated December 15, 2016, Ambassador Niu Qingbao, of the embassy of China in Jamaica...

Commentary: Education and inequality

December 13, 2016
Commentary: Education and inequality The debate continues as to whether education fosters inequality, or is it the force guaranteeing equality. Some observers feel that education by its very nature promotes inequality, which in turn is reproduced in society. The fact that the structure of education contributes to inequality is seen...

Commentary: Technical education - myth or reality? The case of the Turks and Caicos

December 7, 2016
Commentary: Technical education - myth or reality? The case of the Turks and Caicos Over the years, there has been ongoing talk about the provision of Technical Education in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Some have argued that this is an urgent need. Others share a more cautious and optimistic view. Still others feel that with the ongoing development that the country...

USVI students celebrate summer reading accomplishments at big celebration

December 3, 2016
USVI students celebrate summer reading accomplishments at big celebration ST CROIX, USVI -- Students who participated in the Eighth Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Big Celebration held Saturday, November 19, at the St Croix Central High School gymnasium.

Trinidad and Tobago education failures are an abuse of human rights, says law professor

December 1, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago education failures are an abuse of human rights, says law professor PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago boasts of having free universal education for its citizens, despite the stopgap measure of an entrance examination to secondary school that results in children as young as 11 competing for limited places in the better-equipped...

Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation

November 26, 2016
Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a press statement on Friday, Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) revealed that medical degrees issued by institutions in Guyana are only recognized if the degrees are accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine...

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