Teacher Nadia Natta-Francis Laid to Rest

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 14, 2016: The Ministry of Education paid a tribute to the life of Ms. Nadia Natta-Francis who was laid to rest on January 11, 2016.   Ms. Natta was laid to rest after her unexpected and sad death earlier in January.   A representation from The Ministry sang at the going home service while Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mr. William Hodge, offered a tribute on behalf of The Ministry.  “It is for all members of the teaching fraternity in St. Kitts and Nevis a time of great sadness. The passing of a young teacher who is well known for her vibrancy, participation in the affairs of her school and, community and country will definitely leave a huge void in the lives of those who knew her” Mr. Hodge stated. Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shawn Richards also expressed sympathy at the gathering of mourners and called on the education fraternity to be supportive of the family.

Ms. Natta Francis was a teacher at the Irish Town Primary School.

A New Look For The School Meals Department

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 16, 2017: In an effort to ensure that the School Meals Programme is maintained at the highest standard, The Ministry of Education has commenced renovations to the building at Needsmust Estate.    The refurbishment to the facility commenced in late December 2016 and is expected to last until late January 2017.  Some of the work to be done includes, re-tiling of the floors and extraction of the wooden cupboards and tables.  These wooden structures will be replaced with stainless steel kitchen furniture.  The installation of locker-rooms for the employees, upgrades to the washrooms and a new food storage room are also on the list.     Mr. Leon Williams Coordinator of the School Meals Programme, stated that the upgrading of the facility was greatly needed and well-timed.  Not only will it boost staff morale, but ultimately contribute to the product that they produce and deliver daily.

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Ministry Officials Spread Cheer to Retired Educators

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 23, 2016 Officials from the Ministry of Education wished retired educators festive cheer, peace, health and joy throughout the new year when they presented them with gift baskets and sang festive songs to them during the Christmas and Carnival season.  Among those honoured were Mrs Agnes Morton (past Home Management teacher); Ms Marjorie George (past Headmistress of the Basseterre Junior High School); Mrs Theresa Richardson (past headmistress); and Mrs Huldina Boddie (past headmistress). Permanent Secretary William Hodge said the Ministry is grateful for the foundation laid and the excellence and commitment that were exhibited by these well-known educators who are now in their senior years. He added that present day teachers can glean from the strategies utilized by them to effectively manage their classrooms and educate the students who were privileged to have them as teachers and mentors.

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State Scholars Give Peers Advice

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 20, 2016: At the FLOW press conference honouring outstanding academic achievements of the 2016 examinations the Ministry of Education teamed up with the company and other partners such as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce promoting academic excellence but most memorable was the sage advice given to upcoming examinations candidates for 2017.

“Know What You Want and Go After It!” - 
Orian Stapleton. – Runner up State Scholar (Nevis Sixth From College)

“Live by the Five Ps: Purpose, Passion, Preparation, Persistence and Prayer; you can’t go wrong. – Kamil Wilkin - 2nd Runner up State Scholar (Nevis Sixth Form College)

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Ministry of Education Receives 200 New Instruments For Use In Musical Training in Elementary Schools

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 16, 2016: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. Mr William Hodge said “We need more Alex Condells” as he addressed attendees of a handing over ceremony of musical instruments from the Government and People of Columbia to the Government and people of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on December 14.Mr Hodge was referring specifically to the fact that the donation of musical instruments would allow more young people the ability to learn to play instruments, as well as Mr Condell a well-known local saxophonist.Mr Hodge said the goal of his ministry is to see all students in the Federation learn to play at least one instrument during their school years. “It is something we have to promote in our schools, the development of musical ability; not just in theory but practically” he expounded.

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NSTP Highlights 30th Anniversary At Professional Development Day

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 10, 2016: The National Skills Training Project (NSTP) is celebrating 30 years of service to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.  NSTP Coordinator, Mrs June James, revealed that the theme for the commemoration is “30 Years of Transforming Lives.” To mark the momentous occasion officials from the NSTP organized a Professional Development Day Activity for its staff and facilitators.  A number of sessions were held to foster partnerships that would make the National Skills Project more rewarding to participants. The session partnership in making encouraged participants to take a personal look at how they are transforming    “Let us personalize the session. Let us see just how we are transforming lives for the better and at the end of the day, let us all be able to say just what we will be doing to advance what we are doing to transform the lives of young people,” Ms James stated.

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