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38 schools to join Early Learners Programme

by: Dominica Vibes News - July 14, 2017
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Senior Education Officer Robert Guiste (file photo)

Thirty-eight (38) more schools will be introduced to the Early Learners Programme after numerous teachers and coordinators are trained during a month-long teachers’ workshop.

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has commenced a series of workshops targeted at the development of teachers, principals, and literacy coordinators for all educational levels.

The series of workshops and activities, which commenced on Monday 10 July 2017, is being coordinated under the theme ‘Embracing the Challenge, Rethink, Rebuild, Transform’.

The Early Learners Programme aims to improve student’s reading from Pre-K to Grade 3, as well as a teacher’s ability to teach reading skills, improve teacher’s assessment of reading and providing reading materials for the schools, Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Robert Guiste stated while speaking during the opening ceremony of the workshop series.

The programme is being funded by the USAID, through the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and is geared at six OECS member states including St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Kitts.

Guiste noted that so far four coordinators have been trained overseas, who then returned to train over sixty-five teachers from K-3, in twelve pilot schools.

“These teachers, their coordinators came to their schools to assist them in the teaching and assessing of reading,” he noted.

During the workshop, there will be training for literary coordinators in their respective schools since the overall aim is to improve reading and the teaching of reading skills around the island.

“We are looking to include thirty-eight new schools in the program. The training will be aimed at preparing the teachers to be literary coordinators in their schools,” he noted.

Additionally, Guiste said the four coordinators will be assisted in monitoring teachers and delivering teacher training within the schools.

“We are hoping that by the end of the Early Learner’s Program, which I scheduled to end in March of 2018, we will have improved rereading and our teacher would be better skilled at teaching reading in our schools,” Guiste further stated.