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Saint Lucia gov’t gets US$16.1M to implement Education Quality Improvement Project

By Lissa Joseph, GIS

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Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert

(GIS) — Spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, the Education Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP), is on stream.

Funding for the Project was secured from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation.

The EQUIP Project is geared toward the enhancement of Saint Lucia’s education sector. The policy on education is centered around building a sector that is responsive to the diverse needs of Saint Lucia’s children, young people and adults, and developing graduate students capable of taking their place in the international economic and social community.

One component of the EQuIP initiative is enhancing the capacity to improve teacher quality, the relevance of education, and instructional effectiveness across the education sector. The project also focuses on enhancing the provisions for special needs education in Saint Lucia.

In fulfilling these objectives, short-term and degree-level continuing professional development training programmes are provided for teachers. Among those opportunities is the undertaking of master’s programmes at the University of New Brunswick.

Minister for Education, Hon Dr. Gale Rigobert, updated educators on the progress of the program at the term meeting with ministry officials. She indicated that due consideration is being given to the conversion of select secondary schools into sixth form schools.

The government of Saint Lucia has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) equivalent to the sum of sixteen million one hundred and ninety-two thousand US dollars (USD$16,192,000) toward the cost of implementing the EQuIP project.

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11 comments

  1. $16.1 Million US that' almost 50 million EC loan not a GRANT at what rate and payoff turns we will never know on top of every thing else borrowed already. We don't even own our own ass anymore.

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  2. We have been paying so much attention to credentials that we have been electing walking encyclopedias as ministers. Put them to work in a ministry and watch the crap flow from their mouths. The result? Ghettos, crime and economic hardship. Why?

    We have grown-up children with grey beards as ministers, swindling the public and little else. The good book says that "Foolishness is in the heart of the child ...."

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    • Some just keep on getting degrees but can only talk, talk, talk. They can do a great deal of borbol and try to talk their way into covering it all up. Then they think that they are all so damn smart.

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  3. I do hope that SALCC receive a cut from that funding

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  4. Take a $500 out of it for yourself Kojack and buy 2 good wig. Its in the public interest so we won't mind

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    • Superficial crap!

      Instead of a focus on the content of our education, your main concern is having a Barbi Doll for a Minister of Education, jackass? We have so many mindless uneducated ignoramuses around in this country, that it is sinking this poor country into chaos.

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    • A very fitting answer, as it clearly demonstrates why improvement in education is very important.

      Behold my people, we have an excellent candidate right here who could benefit greatly from this initiative.

      Don't forget to sign up now.

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    • Haaaaa haaaaa

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  5. Well as long as it's going towards education people won't no noise but it must be for education ONLY none partison spread evenly accross the board we know you all already no diversion of funds as long as GUY in office. Iwill. Never feel comfortable.

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    • he guy and all of them will just open some initiative to provide so called training to people, and half that money will go towards that gimmick, which will never take off or if it does it wont last 3 days by which time they eat that money long time. Politician eat soon much of our st lucian money whether it is loans, funding or grants and will continue to eat money as long as you people keep putting them in office which is the best opportunity to Eat It. Look at how tom chou gave each minster of the UWP 1 Million on their name, Janine Compton was the only one who could give some sort of an account for what she used the money for etc. Ya'll Lucians sweep that under the rug Quick Quick Quick.

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    • Well said you know him well.

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