UNESCO NATCOM Urges Raised Awareness Of World Book and Copyright Day

(NATCOM) - Basseterre, 21 April 2016: The National Commission for UNESCO is urging persons in the Federation to join in the observance of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, 2016.  The observance highlighted by UNESCO on an annual basis is an important date for World literature as it symbolizes the impact of literature on civilization.  Other well known authors such as Maurice Druon, Vladmir Nabokov, Haldor K Laxness, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejia Vallejo were also born or died on that day.  As of 1995 when UNESCO’s General Conference took that decision to observe the day, attempts have been made to have young persons “discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. 

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The SKN – National Qualification Framework Launched

(EMU) – St. Kitts, April, 20, 2016: With the aim of improving the quality of education and training at all levels, The Ministry of Education officially launched the St. Kitts and Nevis National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Document on Thursday 20th April at the Bird Rock Beach Hotel. The objective of the National Qualifications Framework is, to provide a process in which the Ministry of Education would be able to identify the competencies in the Qualifications Framework that can be used to assess specific practical skills at various levels from the technical and vocational programmes to the doctoral level.  It sets a structured, tiered and seamless system in place for certification at all levels.The St. Kitts and Nevis Accreditation Board was charged with the responsibility of implementing, promoting and hosting the register of qualifications for this framework.   

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Ministry of Education receives another donation from the Scanellis

(EMU) – St. Kitts, April, 18, 2016: On Friday 15th April, ‘The Scanellis’, as the Ministry of Education has come to affectionately know them after years of consistent  generosity, handed over a forty foot container, containing essential materials that would benefit all children at every level of Education.  The donation by John and Brenda Scanelli was done in collaboration with Bless the Children Foundation based in the United States and Tropical Shipping.  The Scanellis have a long history of community service within the Caribbean, particularly for the past (12) years in the Federation, where they initially assisted with renovating and refurnishing the Children’s Home.  Since then, some of their donations have included, thousands of dollars in books, furniture, electronic equipment as well as science lab equipment.

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USAID/OFAD Partners with Ministry of Education for School Safety Policy

(EMU) – St. Kitts, April, 14, 2016: In an effort to train teachers in school safety solutions and enhance its school safety policy, the Ministry of Education in partnership with USAID- Office of Foreign Disaster conducted a workshop on Wednesday April 13th.  The USAID- Office of Foreign Disaster has assisted the Ministry of Education with such efforts in the past in keeping with regulatory training of teachers and other school staff and was pleased to lend its expertise with the development of the policy. 
Mrs. Amanda Serrant Edmead, Education Officer outlined some of the plans that the Ministry of Education intends to implement following this workshop.  “We are going to continue the completion of the school safety policy and we are also going to look at the training and ensuring that the teachers and principals from each school complete the school safety course.”

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Re-opening of Schools for Third Term

(EMU) – St. Kitts, April 11, 2016: Filled with optimism and bursting with school pride, most schools within the Federation were re-opened today as students filed into their respective schools. As the third term for school began many students were excited and a few a bit complacent about the commencement of this final term. The students whom have just returned from the two week Easter Break will thrust right into examination preparations. For the primary school students, that would be in the form of Test of Standards, inclusive of grades three to six. ,High school students however, would be tested in the form of general examinations to decipher whether or not they move up a level. The fifth form students would sit the much anticipated Caribbean Examination Council, (CXC), Exams beginning May.

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CXC Registrar Visits Federation

(EMU) – St. Kitts, April, 4 2016: The Sixth Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Mr. Glenroy Cumberbatch, visits the Federation on April 4th-5th for various stakeholder engagements.   Social Communications Officer and Webmaster, Mr. Ayodele Pompey accompanies Mr. Cumberbacth on this trip to meet with high ranking education officials over the two-day period. Including, the Minister of Education - Hon. Shawn Richards, Permanent Secretary – Mr. Ionie Liburd Willett and Chief Education Officer – Dr. Tricia Esdaille. One scheduled event for Mr. Cumberbatch during this visit would be an interview on ZIZ Radio and Television. The purpose of this interview would be to update all interested persons on what is happening at CXC and receive feedback. The feed will be carried live by Von Radio, Winn FM and Freedom FM. The number to call is 466-2666.

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