AVEC Trainees Display Skills at Open Day

(EMU) – St. Kitts, March, 20, 2017: Trainees, staff and management of the Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC) hosted their open day on Thursday 16th March at the facility under the theme, “Develop a skill - Begin a career.”  In addition to exhibitions, the open day included live demonstrations, of the trainees displaying their skills mastered in the various disciplines provided at AVEC.  The aim of the event was to give visitors a better understanding of the training and work that is being offered at the establishment, and to give them the opportunity to learn more about the possibilities of development through AVEC.   Declaring the commencement of activities for the open day was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Vincent Hodge, who commended the Director and staff of AVEC for the guidance they provide to the trainees not only academically but in life skills as well, “This represents a wide array of skills, knowledge and aptitudes that young people should continue to develop for their own advancement as well for the development of the country.”

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SKN Act and UNESCO’s SMART Project Launches

IMG 4094(EMU) – St. Kitts, March, 13th, 2017: The St. Kitts Nevis Advocacy Consultancy and Training Services (SKN ACTS) in collaboration with The St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO launched the 1st Seminar of the Single Mothers Advancement & Resilience Training, (SMART) on Thursday 9th March.   The opening ceremony held at the Bird Rock Beach Hotel, hosted the participants, one hundred (100) single mothers from around the Federation, and inmates from Her Majesty’s Prison, for the ground breaking seminar of ‘Gender Rights and Women Empowerment’.   Facilitator and Strategic Planning, Youth Policy & Women Development Expert and Consultant, Ms. Dwynette D. Eversley spoke on the importance and timeliness of the project given the excessive stigmatization and social sanctions of women in today’s society. 

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Ministry of Education Announces Consultancy For Student-Centred Learning

IMG 0242(EMU) – St. Kitts, March 10, 2017: The Ministry of Education has advertised a consultancy geared at improving student achievement and maximizing potential through the introduction of differentiated instruction in the Federation’s schools.  Presently in the Federation’s classrooms instruction remains largely teacher-centred and not configured to cater to the multiple learning needs of students. The emphasis has been on covering the curriculum rather than pacing instruction towards the mastery of the goals of the curricula by students.  Differentiated instruction requires assessing individual learning needs by way of a diagnostic system that will assess learning deficits and devise appropriate interventions strategic for student success.  The differentiated classroom utilizes a print rich classroom environment, uses continuous assessment to inform instruction and monitor progress, as well as enquiry based approaches- known to promote mastery for all students.


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Reopening of the newly designed Vitoria Road Preschool

IMG 37231(EMU) – St. Kitts, March 9th, 2017: Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the teachers, staff or specially invited guests of the Early Childhood Development Unit, particularly the students of the Victoria Road Preschool as they officially opened the newly constructed school on Tuesday March 7th.   Ambassadors, Government officials, parents and well-wishers all gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the school’s grounds.  Amongst the guests were Mrs. Leonie James and Mrs. Vanta Walters, early pioneers of the development of modern Day Care and Pre-School. Chairperson and Education Officer, Mrs. Emileta Warner Paul, welcomed the guests and ushered the way for speakers, which included Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, and PTA President, Dr. Vance Gilbert to give brief remarks. 

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ROC on Taiwan & Simply Help Continue Charitable Work to Government and People of SKN

IMG 4130(EMU) – St. Kitts, March, 9th, 2017: The Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis once again benefits from the Government and people of the Republic of China on Taiwan, this time in collaboration with Simply Help anon-profit organization based in Los Angeles.   The donation was done during a brief ceremony on Thursday 9th March at the Customs and Excise Department Conference Room.  Representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Taiwanese Embassy were in attendance to hand over goods to the various charitable organizations around St. Kitts.  Ambassador, His Excellency Gorge Gow-Wei Chiou first handed over the items to Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards.    During his remarks, Ambassador Chiou thanked the volunteers at the Simply Help foundation for the donation and renewed ROC on Taiwan’s commitment to the cause.

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UNESCO Single Mothers’ Project To Be Launched In St. Kitts

unnamed1(EMU) – St. Kitts, March 7, 2017: The Single Mothers’ Advancement and Resilience Training (SMART) Project will be launched at the Bird Rock Beach Hotel on Thursday March 9.  One Hundred (100) single mothers with challenges in parenting, academics and technical skills living in high risk and vulnerable communities are expected to benefit from the year-long project.  St. Kitts Nevis Advocacy Consultancy and Training Services SKN ACTS is the implementing organization collaborating with the St Kitts- Nevis National Commission For UNESCO in order to do so.  According to the submission requesting the implementation of the Single Mothers’ Project, current trends in anti social behaviours such as crime are attributed largely to poor or ineffective parenting especially stemming from the high rate of single parent households being managed by females.

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