Saint Lucia, Cuba partner on secondary education

GIS:-Areas Identified for Collaboration Include Curriculum Design, Teacher Training, and the Integration of Technology in Instruction.

Saint Lucia’s participation at a weeklong congress on secondary education in Cuba, 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 that 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 the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education, and 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 that 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 208 delegates from 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.

The congress on secondary education was held in the Republic of Cuba, in June.

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