News from the Caribbean:
July 24, 2014
What will it be for you? When it comes to personal education, the cake has to come first -- one has to know something to shine -- and if one knows a lot more then that is the icing on the cake. The same should apply to educational methods: a solid foundation, a strong structure at all levels...
July 7, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- On June 24 and 25, representatives of the University of West Indies (UWI) and the University of Havana, Cuba, met at the Institute of International Relations located at the UWI’s St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss “Development challenges and possibilities for...
July 2, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts Teachers Union has labelled a move by the Ministry of Education to discipline the principal of the Basseterre High School (BHS) as “vindictive” and it says it will move to industrial action if action is taken against the over 30-year teaching veteran.
June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Seven students from top universities in Haiti arrived in the US capital this week to work at the Haitian embassy as part of a new summer fellowship and work-training program. Their arrival followed the departure to Haiti last week of six Haitian-American graduate students.
June 28, 2014
High school graduation is certainly a memorable occasion for all of you, and it gives me great pleasure to remind you as you graduate to “remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow and live for today.” As I reflected on this theme in preparation to address you graduates, I realized that the theme encompasses...
June 26, 2014
MONA, Jamaica -- The Institute of Criminal Justice and Security (ICJS), based at the regional headquarters of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has announced the launch of its latest publication, the Caribbean Journal of Criminology. The Caribbean Journal of Criminology is...
June 19, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is utilising electronic marking or e-marking for some of its scripts for the 2014 May/June examination sitting. The Council will be marking 11 papers in seven Caribbean Secondary Education (CSEC) subjects.
June 19, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- You wouldn't normally expect to hear a conversation about "ionization in the earth's atmosphere" happening between a group of 12-to 14-year-old youngsters. But that conversation is exactly what led enterprising youth from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago...
June 14, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $10 million loan designed to help Belize improve its primary education and the governance of its education system. The program aims to prepare the teachers of today and tomorrow by supporting...
June 14, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced the award of an honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLtt) to outstanding Guyanese/Antiguan scholar, journalist and diplomat Sir Ronald Michael Sanders, 66, KCMG, KCN, AM, in recognition of his long and distinguished...
June 14, 2014
Most economists, prime ministers and politicians are very happy if economic activity shows growth of at least two percent each year. When a plane goes into a nosedive does anyone get anxious? I think you know the answer! Part of what drives an improving economy is the increasing knowledge and...
June 9, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With some $28 million owed to the Student Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF), Barbados minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, told defaulters at a press conference on Friday: pay back the money you owe or else!
June 7, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, USA -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on Thursday joined MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty and administrators and MIT-Haiti Initiative leaders for a planning session on the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, a joint partnership between Massachusetts Institute of...
June 3, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada has secured backing from the Chinese government and other overseas partners who will join St George’s University (SGU) in establishing a new teaching hospital in the country, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has announced.
May 28, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is facilitating discussions among early childhood coordinators/directors/education officers towards adopting a proposed instrument for routine monitoring of early childhood development (ECD) centres.
May 27, 2014
On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the temporary safety of their spacecraft Apollo 11 and entered into the lunar module – ‘a flying box’ – which descended and landed safely onto the moon’s surface. Armstrong reported that his biggest concern about landing on the moon...
May 22, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has terminated the contract of Professor Brendan Bain as director of the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) of the Caribbean HIV/Training (CHART) Network following his expert testimony in a high-profile case in Belize.
May 22, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A series of technologically advanced classrooms, designed to benefit thousands of students and educators in schools across the Caribbean, is being launched following a commitment from international telecommunications company Samsung to the Organization of American States.
May 20, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The first Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean has already graduated its first cohort of 23 students in an inaugural module on contemporary diplomacy. The Academy, a joint project between the government of Trinidad and Tobago and its ministry of foreign affairs...
May 16, 2014
MONA, Jamaica -- Vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor E. Nigel Harris, has announced that he will demit office in April 2015. At that time, he will have served for ten years as vice-chancellor, a time he believes appropriate to serve as senior administrator.
May 16, 2014
MONA, Jamaica -- A revised grade point average (GPA) scheme will be introduced by the University of the West Indies (UWI) from the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year. Changes to the GPA were approved by the board for undergraduate studies in 2011 and the UWI had announced...
May 6, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Saint James School of Medicine has announced the opening of its third campus located on the Caribbean island of St Vincent. For the past 14 years, the Saint James School of Medicine group of medical schools has provided accessible, affordable and quality education...
May 6, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will launch five new-generation subjects for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) during the month of May 2014. The five new CAPE subjects for teaching in September 2014...
April 28, 2014
Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: The Charlotte Mason Educational Approach. The hope is that this submission...
April 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Renewed access to the Fulbright Program for Bahamian students was discussed during a high-level meeting held at Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department on Thursday. Dr Eugene Newry, Bahamas ambassador to the United States, participated in...
April 25, 2014
THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The 2014 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) 2014 Visual Arts Exhibition opens at the Rodney MacArthur Rey Auditorium, The Valley, Anguilla this Sunday 27 April at 4:30 pm. Jerome Roberts, minister of education in Anguilla, will deliver the feature address.
April 18, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will formally open the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, on May 6, 2014. The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean...