Education Minister Promotes Inclusive Education


Education Minister, Andrew Holness, has said that the Government of Jamaica is firmly committed to the provision of inclusive education, embracing the view that children who learn together, also learn to live together and help foster a cohesive society.
“The Government is fully seized of the need to provide child-friendly schools and, in everything we are doing, we have taken this on board,” Mr. Holness said.
He was speaking at the official opening of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Global Capacity Development Programme on Child Friendly Schools, Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Workshop, which is currently underway at the Sunset Grande Resort, Ocho Rios, started on Monday, February 16, and will continue until Thursday, February 19, 2009.
“We have started a transformation programme, which will modernise the management of our education system and for that, we have created several agencies such as the Jamaica Teachers’ Council, which will become the professional regulatory body for teaching,” he said.
“We will be establishing the School Leadership Management Academy, which will assist in developing a core competence in leadership for schools. We are now establishing the National Education Inspectorate, which will be monitoring quality in schools. We will be establishing the National Education Trust, which will provide sustainable infrastructure for education,” he pointed out.
He said that the Ministry will also be developing the National Parenting Support Commission, which will manage and strengthen the relationship between home and school.
Mr. Holness said that the other initiatives of the Transformation Programme, included the Focus on Literacy and expanded PATH Programme, as well as the Health and Family Life Education Programme.
“With these initiatives, I am confident that Jamaica is well on its way in developing child-friendly schools,” he said.
He thanked UNICEF for the high level of support that they continue to provide in helping to realise the vision for education in Jamaica.

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