300 Delegates For Int’l Stem And TVET Conference In Montego Bay

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  • Over 300 delegates from the Caribbean and the wider global community are expected to assemble in Montego Bay next month, for the second International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
  • The event, under the theme: ‘STEM Education in TVET: Imperative to National and Regional Development’, is scheduled for May 13 to 15 at the Hilton Rose Hall and Spa.
  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, is expected to address the opening ceremony.

Over 300 delegates from the Caribbean and the wider global community are expected to assemble in Montego Bay next month, for the second International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

The event, under the theme: ‘STEM Education in TVET: Imperative to National and Regional Development’, is scheduled for May 13 to 15 at the Hilton Rose Hall and Spa.

It is being organised by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona in collaboration with the UNESCO Kingston cluster office for the Caribbean; the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities (CANTA); the Ministry of Education; HEART Trust/NTA; and the University of Technology (UTech).

Education Minister, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, is expected to address the opening ceremony. Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany, Professor Shyamal Majumdar, will present on the topic: ‘STEM and TVET, the International Experience: Best Practices for the Caribbean’.

Addressing a JIS Think Tank today (April 29), Chairman of the conference planning committee and Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, UWI, Dr. Disraeli Hutton, said the event will be used as platform for “re-engineering the traditional education process and strengthening academic discourse between stakeholders as it relates to the implications of STEM in TVET.”

The main objective of the conference, he noted, is to look at how the workforce can engage in the generation of productive activities that are crucial to national and regional development.

“We want to improve on how skills development is treated in our schools system and how we drive skills development and applications at the workplace,” Dr. Hutton said.

Senior Director for TVET Development and Support Systems at HEART/NTA, Dr. Marcia Rowe Amonde, who also addressed the Think Tank, said the conference “is a coming together to leverage our efforts to strengthen TVET in Jamaica and the region.”

“It is our commitment at the HEART Trust…to work with the wider system to help with capacity building,” she said.

The three-day conference will provide an opportunity for regional TVET policy- makers to consult widely, by encouraging a participatory approach in research presentations; examine the relationship between TVET, STEM and the economy; explore implications for logistics hubs and other contemporary developments; encourage the building of a critical mass of regional TVET leaders through sharply focused discourse; and facilitation of hi-tech exposition by leaders in industry and commerce. Topics for discussion include: Mainstreaming TVET in the education system; Transforming TVET through STEM integration; TVET and industry engagement; stimulating innovation through TVET; STEM-focused TVET for sustainable development; TVET and quality assurance; and effective leadership and management in TVET including financial management. Among the attendees will be local, regional and international officials of critical Ministries, Agencies of Governments and organisations of the private sector; and TVET practitioners.

 

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