The Ministry of Education will host the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference on advancing the teaching profession starting tomorrow and ending on Thursday (November 6-8, 2012) at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James.
The objective of the conference is to establish directions for the implementation of the mandate of the International Task Force on Teachers in Latin America and the Caribbean. These directions, once agreed on, will become the reference point for investments in teachers and the teaching profession.
The conference will look at the following key topics that embody the concerns of the Latin America and the Caribbean:
1. Regulation of the teaching profession. Like other professions, the time has come to regulate the teaching profession – ensuring registration, licensing, and standards of the profession and objective assessment of teacher performance.
2. Quality maintenance of the teaching profession and retention of good teachers – strategies that will ensure quality teacher trainers and training across the region so that, for the Caribbean, the free movement of quality teachers can be effected.
3. Wide scale use of information technologyto enable sustained quality of teachers, information driven policies, and fora for exchange and sharing of pedagogical experiences.
4. School leadershipas a key contributor to effective teaching and learning practices – how do systems support leaders for quality education?
5. Above all, it is time to consolidate the contribution and partnerships of the agencies so that the region can move forward in a rational and streamlined approach, fostering intra-regional exchange and support.
The conference is expected to achieve certain objectives, inclduing:
Documentation/Sharing of successful experiences and research studies on teaching and the teaching profession in LAC
Regional recommendations with sub-regional dimensions, that respond to the socio-economic, cultural and educational realities of Latin American and Caribbean Countries, taking into consideration, financial constraints, sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness.
A system of making public both the regional strategy and biennial progress in the individual country and of reporting to the Latin America and Caribbean Ministers of Education meeting – thus keeping the advancement of teachers high on the regional education agenda.
Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, will open the conference.
Contact: Colin Blair
Education System Transformation Programme