Education Minister Emphasizes Financial Education

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 14, 2016: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards is emphasizing the importance of financial education and has applauded attempts by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) in its financial awareness efforts.  The Minister said the Ministry joins not only with the ECCB but other partners in helping to highlight important life transforming and enhancing skills and techniques. He added that persons in the Federation should become keenly aware and participate to their fullest potential in activities organized by the Bank and other financial institutions as they shed light on practices that can help unravel the financial maze.

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Auditors Trained For Quality Assurance in TVET

(EMU) – St. Kitts, February 4, 2016: A Quality Assurance workshop geared at training auditors in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was conducted at the Technical Division of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College from January 25-29.  The Quality Auditor Training Workshop sought to redefine and promote TVET as a vehicle for workforce development and economic competitiveness. The Chief Executive officer at the TVET Secretariat said the workshop comprised ‘interactive sessions’ sprinkled with ‘learning opportunities’.  During welcoming remarks the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards, noted that the workshop was a follow up in a series of consultancies to develop and implement the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). 

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SKNNEF Issues Grants and Scholarships

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 26, 2016: The St. Kitts Nevis National Education Foundation (SKNNEF) hosted its inaugural Scholarship and Grants issuing ceremony on February 2nd moving forward with their aim to provide deserving disadvantage students with an opportunity to receive an excellent education. The foundation issued its first batch of scholarships and grants namely, the Caribbean Premier League T20 Scholarship, The Gender Based Scholarship, The Demonstrative Needs Scholarship, and the TVET (spell out TVET) Scholarship.  Board member, Ms. Miselle O’Brien informed the audience that, “The development of the person on a whole was one of the requirements, sports and technical vocational training and young males were the main focus.” 

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Consumer Affairs Partners With Education To Raise Young Consumer Awareness

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 21, 2016: The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has joined forces with the Ministry of Education as it seeks to reinforce its mantra that “Consumer Business is Everybody’s Business.  Schools across St. Kitts are vying for the title of Consumer Affairs Primary School Champions when they participate in a quiz competition which will begin on January 25th ending on March 15th during the week of activities for World Consumer Rights day. Coordinator for the Quiz Competition, Mr Vincent Fough said the Consumer Affairs Department is on an awareness drive in which they felt it would be most advantageous to use children in grades five and six who would be at a critical stage in their lives, where their understanding of their rights and responsibilities can shape whether or not they will be wise and successful consumers.

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PLAR Workshop Launched at Technical Division

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 18, 2016: The Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) workshop, a subset of the soon to be implemented, AGRI Studies Program at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, is being conducted this week, January 18-22 at the College’s Technical Division.  PLAR which is a part of the CARICOM for Education Employment Program initiative, is designed to become a permanent fixture in the assessment of persons within the Technical Division.  PLAR is a type of assessment that is used to evaluate skills and knowledge that are learned outside of a formal learning environment.  Facilitators of the workshop, representatives from Nova Scotia Community College International, Mr. Zoran Kondali, (Manager) and Ms. Jennifer Archer noted the partnership between the Canadian Government, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Community College as the external stakeholders that are imperative to the implementation of the PLAR programme at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College. 

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Eight Educators within the Federation, now Trained Autism Specialists.

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 18, 2016: Eight educators within the Federation are now Certified Autism Specialists following special training facilitated by Autism expert Dr. Sheryl Rosin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences on January 5-6.  Participants included, a Student Support Officer; Supervisor of Early Childhood; the Coordinator of Learning Support; Principal of Cotton- Thomas Comprehensive; an Education Officer (Nevis); Rehab specialist and two Speech and Language specialists. This workshop was the second phase of a four-phased project venture in which Dr. Rosin has partnered with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ministry of Education. The partnership also includes the University of Medical Health Sciences, Marshall’s Restaurant and Royal St. Kitts Hotel. Phases three and four consist of an Early Diagnostic and Intervention Centre and Continuing Education by way of training.

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