The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) will be staging a series of events across the island in observance of Education Week, May 5 to 11.
The week will be observed under the theme: ‘Advancing the Nation’s Human Capital Through Education’.
Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites and JTA President, Clayton Hall, will head the list of guests expected to attend a national church service to be held at the Knowles Road New Testament Church of God in Mandeville, Manchester, on Sunday, May 5, starting at 10:30 a.m.
On Monday, May 6, the JTA in collaboration with the Education and Research Committee at the Ministry of Education, will host a symposium on the school feeding programme at the JTA office, 67B Church Street, downtown Kingston.
Highlight of the week will be Read Across Jamaica Day on May 7. The JTA is urging persons to visit their alma mater and read to the students.
National Literacy Co-ordinator at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Andre Hill, told JIS News that schools are being encouraged to use the day to motivate students to read and engage them in various reading activities.
“We are also encouraging all staff members of the Ministry to go out at some point during the day and take a book with them to read aloud to students and engage in discussions about what they would have read to them,” he added.
Mr. Hill said fliers with tips for conducting an effective read-aloud, have been distributed.
“They have been sent out to schools and to our colleagues in the Ministry. If it is an adult, a parent, a teacher or someone else that goes out to read aloud with the children, they know exactly how to make this engagement effective and interesting for the students,” Dr. Hill said.
Teachers’ Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 8, and on Thursday, May 9, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster-Allen will be the guest speaker at the Helen Stills Professional Development Day workshop at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, beginning at 8:00 a.m. .
She will address the topic: ‘From Slate to Tablet, from Blackboard to Interactive Whiteboard: Meeting the Changing Role of the Professional Teacher and School Leader in the 21st Century’.
The Association of Principals in the Primary Sector will be launched on Friday, May 10, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, at 8:00 a.m.
By Judith Hunter, JIS Reporter