Dominica qualifies for US$2M combined grant

by: Dominica Vibes News - June 21, 2018
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Melina Fontaine ; Chief Education Officer (file photo)

Dominica has qualified for a combined grant of two million US dollars to implement projects to address teaching issues under the OECS Education Sector Strategy.

Chief Education Officer Melina Fontaine said the OECS Education Sector Strategy was developed with input from all OECS Member States to address the challenges and gaps within the education system and for further development of the sector.

“Dominica was fortunate to be among four of the OECS islands to qualify for a combined grant of two million US to address issues related to curriculum and assessment, teacher professional development, leadership and accountability and monitoring and evaluation within our education system.”

The professional development component, Mrs. Fontaine explained, has been designed to give focus to classroom practices, examining the strengths and the gaps that are associated with teaching and implementing interventions to address the issues.

“It is expected that by the end of the project the education division will have a sustainable structure in place for continuous professional development.”

Fontaine was addressing the start of a two day workshop for teachers who are also trainers on Thursday 21 June 2018.

The workshop falls under the teacher professional development is an activity within one component of a project that seeks to implement the activities of the OECS Education Sector Strategy, she explained.