GIS – Ministers for Education from the OECS met recently to discuss educational development strategies in the region during a two-day workshop held in Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia’s Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labor, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis said key decisions were made following the meeting.
“The Ministers have committed to continue adopting a collaborative approach to resolving common problems facing the education system, and support enacting such a process of aligning their national education plans with the regional education strategy,” he said. “In Saint Lucia with the new plan we are putting together we’re making a deliberate effort to do exactly this.”
According to Dr. Lewis, it was agreed that there will be an exchange of technical expertise among ministers of education in the OECS. Dr. Lewis said the issue of enhancing policy, planning and institutional frameworks for child rights was also addressed at the OECS meeting.
“Ministers have agreed that they will promote the linkages within the social development sector to ensure that teachers are trained in the use of child abuse reporting protocols, and strengthen teachers’ capacity to use positive behavioral management strategies with a view to abolish the use of corporal punishment in schools,” he said.
Other areas of education reform addressed include Early Childhood Development; Educational Performance Assessments within the OECS; and ICT in education for schools in the region.