Saint Lucia’s participation at a weeklong congress in the Republic of Cuba on Secondary Education in June of this year, is expected to trigger further collaboration with the Spanish speaking Caribbean country in the area of education.
The congress attended by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations Michele Charles, provided many opportunities for Saint Lucia to understand, discuss and experience the initiatives that drive the Cuban Education System. It also provided the opportunity to engage other international agencies who are interested in developing alliances, which can advance the vision of the department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations.
During the congress, the Deputy Permanent Secretary had the opportunity to meet with both the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education and also the Director of Secondary Education in Cuba. The administrators affirmed their country’s willingness to strengthen relations with Saint Lucia though the provision of technical support and assistance which will significantly contribute towards changing the education landscape of Saint Lucia.
Some of the areas identified for further collaboration between the countries includes curriculum design and development, teacher training in key areas including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects and integration of technology in instruction and learning.
The event attended by two hundred and eight (208) delegates from ten (10) countries, also provided insights into how the Department of Education can inspire and motivate its teachers, by allowing them to present their research and successful practices to their peers as a means of knowledge and information transfer, which will serve to improve classroom practices.
The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations is especially thankful to the Cuban Government for the invitation, for indicating their willingness to continue and strengthen their collaboration with the Government and people of Saint Lucia and also for the kind hospitality and courtesies extended.