‘Let us Network’ – Min. Henry tells CPCE Centre reps

─ CPCE hosts first workshop for heads of Centres across country

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Heads of the centres under the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) were, on Thursday, encouraged to network to share their ideas and best practices, as government continues to place academic development at the top of its agenda.

During the feature address at the launch of the two-day workshop at CPCE, Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Nicolette delivered the charge.

She noted that nothing can be achieved by a singular effort. It takes all of us in our various roles to be able to perform at an efficient rate and hopefully at maximum capacity.”

The Education Minister further stressed the importance of such collaborative efforts, noting that it is crucial for the development of the education sector.

“We cannot rest until we have all of our students, all of our students reaching their full potential and the role of our teachers is a very important role in achieving that outcome,” said Minister Henry.

She advised the participants of the workshop to use the forum to highlight issues and to exchange practices.

Many of the educators were receptive to Minister Henry’s remarks and sought to make it the focal point for the two-day workshop. Salome Castro, of the St. Francis CPCE Centre in the hinterland, shared her view on the opportunity to collaborate with centres along the coastland. “I welcome that. In there [hinterland], we really don’t have many resource persons. So, it will be a good thing for us in there,” the educator stated.

With 29 students at the Mabaruma Centre, representative David Hernandes lauded the opportunity to network. According to him, “[networking from] the Mabaruma Centre itself will be successful. We can share ideas and we can be more familiar with what is going on the coast.”

Beverly Collins, heads the Anna Regina CPCE Centre, in an interview on the sidelines of the workshop, noted that networking among CPCE Centres on the coast has been rewarding and is, therefore, a mode of operation she hopes to adopt with the hinterland communities.

“We look at our differences, our weaknesses, our strengths and we try to enhance each other’s Centre, based on the network. And I think networking is good because what might work in one area might not work in another are. Then, you can put these things together and help enhance the education sector,” the Anna Regina representative continued.

The workshop is being held under the theme “Towards effective and efficient leadership in Teacher Training”.  Currently, there are 12 functioning CPCE Centres throughout the nation with 3 more to come on board within the near future.