Caribbean Conference Educational Leadership training opened today
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, April 05, 2018
Educational Leadership skills among teachers are expected to be enhanced following the opening of a two-day workshop today, at the School of the Nations, Georgetown.
At the exercise sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the British High Commission, Director of National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), Jennifer Cumberbatch said the focus is the upgrading of the education system in Guyana.
“This conference together with other initiatives and courses that the government has initiated will go a long way in consolidating vital information, best practices, and tools to support our educational leadership capacity.”
According to the director, the conference will also aid in the repositioning of the education system. “Moving forward it is imperative that our education school leaders are given the training and support to run efficient results-oriented schools whose students achieve previously inconceivable feet under their leadership.”
Director of School of the Nations, Dr. Brian O’Toole highlighted that the institution has also collaborated with 25 universities to make the programme a success and to expand its reach for further partnerships.
He posited, “a large part of this conference is about the certificate in Educational Leadership that we are doing in partnership with Cambridge University.”
The two-day conference will see a number of workshops on the experience of the NGO ‘Epic’ which has done work with youth and children using the Baha’i model of education. It will also embrace the role of the Performing Arts in education, the work of the 100 Million Healthier Lives Programme, the work of Limited Resource Teacher Training [LRTT] in introducing a new model of teacher training in Nepal, Kenya and Guyana, programmes of entrepreneurship in Africa and their relevance in Guyana.
British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregg Quinn, in brief remarks, described the event as commendable. He applauded the School of the Nations for pushing education training further in Guyana.
The opening ceremony saw presentations by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UG, Dr. Paloma Mohamed, a Representative of the Cambridge International Examinations of Argentina, Lucila Marques and several cultural performances by students of the Nancy Campbell Academy.
A host of teachers, stakeholders in the education sector and Regional Education Officers from across Guyana as well as several representatives from various universities in England, Canada, Afghanistan, Trinidad, and Gambia, to name a few, were also in attendance.
By: Crystal Stoll