(PRESS RELEASE) – A delegation of education professionals from the Superior School of Teaching and Education of Martinique (ESPE (Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Education) have started a two-week Immersion Program in Saint Lucia.
The bilateral project is being implemented for the first time between Saint Lucia and Martinique. Students teachers from ESPE will be immersed in different Saint Lucian schools starting this week.
This project is part of the first Martinique – Saint Lucia Immersion Program targeting education professionals. The program will involve comparative research on the education systems and teaching practices between both territories. The project arose from a close collaboration undertaken by the OECS, the Academy of Martinique and ESPE. It forms part of the global objective of the OECS Commission to improve education standards within the Eastern Caribbean.
OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules highlighted the continuing efforts being made to deepen ties with Martinique and other English-speaking territories especially through education.
“Our Creole heritage facilitates the exchange between Martinique, Saint Lucia and Dominica. We are aiming to foster an environment of further foreign language teacher exchanges between OECS member states. To complement teacher exchanges, we are now looking at structuring a more regular program across the OECS,” said Dr. Jules.
The delegation’s official visit ended with an address by the Commissioner of Martinique’s Authority H.E Murielle Lesales. She underlined the importance of making concrete and positive changes to the lives of OECS citizens through the development of such programs.
“Martinique has been warmly welcomed as an associate member of the OECS, but I must say that we also really appreciate all the efforts that are made on a daily basis to make us feel like a full member of the OECS family. Today that’s how we feel,” she stated.
Sisera Simon, Head of Education Development Unit at the OECS; Ghislaine Moetus-Schuller, Educative Cooperation Officer at the Academy of Martinique; and Anousha Dubois International Officer at ESPE represented the organizations that contributed to the implementation of the program.