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Outstanding primary school teachers involved in the Caribbean Centres of Excellence for Teacher Training (CETT) programme have been recognized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) at the University of the West Indies.
An award ceremony was held recently at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, to honour these educators for demonstrating exemplary skill in literacy instructions in the classroom.
Chief Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, Jasper Lawrence congratulated the principals and teachers on their achievements, as results have proven that students were making remarkable progress in the learning process.
“Indeed, the emphasis on CETT and literacy is very critical in this global marketplace. Not only is CETT equipping our students to learn to read and read to learn, but they are also understanding that they must read to live and to survive in this global marketplace,” Mr. Lawrence said.
He added that no commendation would be too much to bestow on the teachers and principals who have contributed so much and have maximized the returns from the resources. “The Ministry of Education would therefore like to encourage our principals and teachers of excellence to continue on their march for national development, because it is only through education and excellence that we are going to compete in the global marketplace. We salute and applaud all those persons who share in this partnership and we are quite certain that not only the Caribbean but the world will reap rich dividend from a more educated population, which can only go towards enhancing the democracy of the world on which so much rests,” he said.
The Caribbean CETT methodology is being implemented in Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
This programme helps schools identify factors that inhibit students from mastering reading and develop strategies to help students overcome those challenges. This is combined with professional development activities for teachers both in the participating teacher training colleges and primary schools to increase effectiveness.
Since 2002, the Caribbean CETT programme has worked with over 208 schools and 978 teachers in 8 countries with over 20,000 students as beneficiaries.