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High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Anthony Johnson, has called on educators in the Diaspora to provide more support for education in Jamaica, including making positive links with schools and teachers.
This, he said, would help to support the various programmes now in place to improve educational attainment, and enhance the quality of teaching equipment and facilities.
The High Commissioner was speaking on Saturday (June 5) at a special reception for a group of 12 Jamaican teachers and administrators, who are taking part in a two-week work study programme in the UK under the ‘Creating Champions’ project.
A joint initiative of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Reading, Institute of Education, the project seeks to expose some of the country’s best educators to new techniques and theories in the teaching of science and mathematics.
The hope is to create “champion teachers”, who will apply the techniques to their own schools and spread it to other institutions to improve attainment in these subject areas.
High Commissioner Johnson said the project is a positive one and commended the Jamaican teachers for getting involved in the initiative.
He noted that science and mathematics were important building blocks in achieving national prosperity.
Coordinator of the Science, Mathematics and Information Technology (SMIT) Centre at the UWI, Dr. Tony Sewell, said studies conducted in the UK and Jamaica, have shown that mastery of math and science help to improve the overall performance of students.
He said it is important to get students involved in the subject areas while they are still young to achieve the best outcome.
The Jamaican teachers, who are all doing masters degree programmes at the UWI, will be in the UK until June 11 and are based at the University of Reading.