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UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak

June 30, 2015
UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak CAVE HILL, Barbados -- Young people across the Caribbean will have a rare opportunity to directly state their concerns to United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, when the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosts a UN youth symposium at Cave Hill campus on Friday. The UN chief will be in Barbados...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Education innovation and the future

June 27, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Education innovation and the future For many years now, the Caribbean has been able to cultivate a generally positive image of high literacy levels and academic achievement. It has given the world Nobel laureates and has demonstrated a capacity for intellectual rigour and debate that makes it among the more interesting regions of the world.

Commentary: Implement bullying intervention programs in Caribbean schools

June 23, 2015
Commentary: Implement bullying intervention programs in Caribbean schools The Caribbean Mentorship Institute expresses condolences to the families of the young Moesha Primus of St Vincent. Bullying is a serious violation against a child’s right to live in a safe and violence-free environment. The Institute, which has embarked on a number of pilot training programs across the Caribbean...

Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools

June 20, 2015
Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, has hinted that changes will be coming in September to address the use of cell phones in schools in Barbados. Speaking on Thursday, the minister said this would not be in any wanton way.

Commonwealth education ministers to focus on quality and skills

June 16, 2015
Commonwealth education ministers to focus on quality and skills LONDON, England -- The 19th conference of Commonwealth education ministers (19CCEM) will tackle the tough challenges facing governments in providing quality education and employable skills for young people, Deodat Maharaj, Commonwealth deputy secretary general, has said.

Grenada university collaborates with researchers to tackle vector borne infections

June 11, 2015
Grenada university collaborates with researchers to tackle vector borne infections ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- St George's University recently participated in a groundbreaking feasibility study for an infectious disease surveillance system conducted with a team of researchers and scientists in Grenada.  The objective of the study was to gather data to automate the collection...

Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam

June 4, 2015
Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Scared by the supposedly demonic potential of the internet viral “Charlie Charlie” pencil and paper game, Jamaica’s ministry of education took the unusual step to ban the supposedly evil game from within the precincts of all schools throughout the island. As news of the ban...

Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee

June 1, 2015
Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee WASHINGTON, USA -- This year's crop of spelling bee champions from the Caribbean did not make it to the finals as they had done typically in previous years. In a stunning upset, Makayla Todman of the US Virgin Islands spelled out in round three with T.O.R.Q.U.E.M.A.D.A. Meanwhile, Sara-Beth...

Letter: Jamaica's education ministry fueling superstition

June 1, 2015
Letter: Jamaica's education ministry fueling superstition While I was prepared to ignore this new school prank about a demon named Charlie who is supposed to communicate by moving pencils as a joke, I was taken a little bit by surprise to hear the permanent secretary in the Jamaica’s education ministry and the ministry itself warning people to stay away...

CDB approves US$35m loan to Belize to improve access to and delivery of basic education

May 25, 2015
CDB approves US$35m loan to Belize to improve access to and delivery of basic education BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- More children are expected to gain access to education in Belize with the construction of 35 new schools and the provision of 5,300 additional places across pre-primary, primary and secondary levels. These are among the benefits to flow from a US$35 million loan.

Two St Lucian students' research papers win prizes in Taiwan

May 25, 2015
Two St Lucian students' research papers win prizes in Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two Saint Lucian students, who are now preparing for graduation from their respective universities in Taiwan, were among a group of young scholars who won prizes in a recently concluded student paper competition organized by the International Cooperation Development Fund.

Commentary: Exam time is here, parents draw near!

May 21, 2015
Commentary: Exam time is here, parents draw near! It is that time of the year again, when our students are being tested to determine what they have learnt throughout the school year. For those in their final year of high school, it is a test to determine how much they have learnt over several years. For some, this may be a very joyous occasion.

Poets Corner: Education Reform

May 16, 2015
Poets Corner: Education Reform Belize has a fundamental problem The enemy is teaching our children No wonder they know not what to defend No wonder the country is in such peril and mayhem They lack the ancestral wisdom to guide them These so called stakeholders in education are singing for their supper...

UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean

May 14, 2015
UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- UWI academics from across the Caribbean comprised over 65 regional and international thought leaders, who for three days engaged in vigorous debate and discussion on challenges and solutions for the Caribbean future. In a first of its kind event in the region, the Forum...

UWI Open Campus launches development project in St Vincent and the Grenadines

May 14, 2015
UWI Open Campus launches development project in St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- As the University of the West Indies (UWI) continues to lay the groundwork to meet its strategic goals, objectives and targets under its current strategic plan for 2012-2017, the Open Campus in St Vincent and the Grenadines will be hosting the launch of the UWI Open Campus...

ILO and Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean launch new course in labour diplomacy

May 12, 2015
ILO and Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean launch new course in labour diplomacy PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), has created a new module in labour diplomacy. It is one of a series of diplomacy courses offered by the Academy. The course was officially launched at the...

US university offers students health program in Cuba

May 7, 2015
US university offers students health program in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The University of South Dakota, in the United States, is offering students a program to take health service administration in Cuba and learn from the island’s reality, culture and people. A news article on the webpage of the South Dakota-based KELO AM radio station...

Antigua-Barbuda diplomat recognised by Canadian university

May 7, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda diplomat recognised by Canadian university TORONTO, Canada -- Antigua and Barbuda diplomat, writer and academic, Sir Ronald Sanders, has been elected as a Senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The announcement of his election was made by the Master of Massey College, Hugh Segal. He joins leading Canadian...

EarthTalk: How can teachers integrate sustainabiity topics into their curricula?

May 4, 2015
EarthTalk: How can teachers integrate sustainabiity topics into their curricula? Teaching our kids about sustainability and green living is one of the most important things we can do to safeguard the future of humanity and the planet we inhabit. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) reports that environmental education teaches children how to learn about...

Caribbean students in Taiwan win top prizes in literary and arts competition

May 2, 2015
Caribbean students in Taiwan win top prizes in literary and arts competition TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Six Caribbean nationals studying at the Ming Chuan University in Taipei were on Thursday awarded for top placements in their school’s literary and arts competition. The 26th edition of the activity saw Jean Karlos Almonte of the Dominican Republic receiving an award for...

CXC visual arts exhibition opens in Guyana

April 27, 2015
CXC visual arts exhibition opens in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- After first hosting the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Visual Arts Exhibition 11 years ago, Guyana will once again host the annual showcase of Caribbean secondary school students’ best visual arts works. The 2015 edition of the CXC Visual Arts Exhibition will open on Monday.

Texas university presents St Kitts-Nevis national with 2015 Women's Progress Award

April 23, 2015
Texas university presents St Kitts-Nevis national with 2015 Women's Progress Award COLLEGE STATION, USA -- On Wednesday April 15, 2015, St Kitts and Nevis native Mutryce A. Williams was one of five women presented with the Texas A & M University’s 2015 Women’s Progress Award at its annual Diversity Awards Ceremony. The Women’s Progress Awards have been...

Trade diplomacy training comes to Barbados

April 1, 2015
Trade diplomacy training comes to Barbados CAVE HILL, Barbados -- In a globalized world, small states can find it hard to punch above their weight in global trade negotiation and diplomacy. In order to become a major player globally and secure a place at the international roundtable, the Caribbean must better equip itself.

Small foundations produce huge results for Grenada students

April 1, 2015
Small foundations produce huge results for Grenada students FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Large companies like Apple or Microsoft do it all the time; assembling truckloads of computers and donating them to a country or school system in need. But rarely do small foundations, or even startups, have the ability or gumption to execute something as extraordinary.

Commentary: OBA attempting to close Bermuda public school

April 1, 2015
Commentary: OBA attempting to close Bermuda public school St George’s is more to me than the place I live. It is the place where I grew up. It is the place where my family is from and it is where I am raising my children. Some have used St George’s as a political football while displaying neither love nor commitment to the people who, like me, call St George’s home.

Canadian embassy hosts education fair in Suriname

March 26, 2015
Canadian embassy hosts education fair in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The embassy of Canada held a three-day educational forum in Suriname to expose Surinamese students to educational opportunities for study in Canada. The initiative took the form of a mini education fair working with three pre-selected private schools over the course of three days.

LIAT and Antigua college sign MOU for engineering technician programme

March 26, 2015
LIAT and Antigua college sign MOU for engineering technician programme ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional air carrier LIAT’s chief executive officer, David Evans, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Antigua State College (ASC) for an engineering technician training programme in aircraft maintenance. Other industry partners in the new programme...

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