NEWS & EVENTS
BTVI & Education USA Sign Memorandum of Agreement
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Education USA, a United States Department international student advising center. The center will be housed on the BTVI Old Trail Road campus and will provide an opportunity for persons interested in commencing tertiary education studies in the USA to receive information about the higher education institutions which offer training in their respective disciplines.
The Bahamas based Education USA center is sponsored by the US Department of State. On hand for the signing of the memorandum was the President of BTVI Dr. Robert W. Robertson along with Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy Mr. Daniel Durazo, who signed on behalf of the embassy.
Also present for the announcement was Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd along with Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Mrs. Lorraine Symonette-Armbrister, Chairman of BTVI Mr. Kevin Basden, and other embassy officials.
In recognition of World Teacher’s Day, the Ministry of Education hosted a forum on the topic “Young Teachers: The Future of The Profession,” at the Sybil Blyden Center on Tuesday October 29, 2019.
Participants included: teacher cadets: Ms. Alethia Hart and Mr. Dre Knowles; novice teachers: Ms. Jerez Rolle and Mr. John Sawyer; along with veteran teachers: Ms. Geta Williams, Mr. Kent Lightbourne and the Ministry’s Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Waynette Bethel Hanna.
The panelists discussed various issues which are currently being debated within the education sector, such as professional development, classroom management, recruitment and the mentoring of newly appointed instructional leaders.
Annual Senior Masters & Mistresses Orientation
The Ministry of Education hosted its “Annual Senior Master and Mistresses Orientation” on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October, 2019 at the Learning Resources Section. Under the theme “Empowered For Effective Leadership: One Team. One Goal”, Director Marcellus Taylor charged the new appointees to place themselves in the mindset of an administrator, in order to effectively carry out their duties.
President of the Bahamas Educators Managerial Union Mr. Stephen McPhee also brought remarks.
Schools World Teachers' Day 2019
Schools across the globe today celebrated World Teachers’ Day dubbed, “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession”. The expressions of appreciation for teachers and their impact on education were resoundingly felt at numerous schools throughout the capital. Among the schools ceremoniously honouring educators today were Stephen Dillet Primary School, C.I. Gibson Senior High School, Garvin Tynes Primary School, Claridge Primary School, Eva Hilton Primary School, Sadie Curtis Primary School, and C.C. Sweeting Senior High School. Former and current students offered heartwarming tributes to the teachers. World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5, since 1994; as it commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
Claridge Primary School Hosts Literacy Month
This year, Claridge Primary School celebrated literacy month under the Ministry of Education's theme "Literacy and Multilingualism through Nursery Rhymes". The month began with outdoor reading sessions after lunch on Tuesdays, where teachers read to students in their grade levels. Invitations were also extended to parents and guardians to come in and read to their child's class. On Friday, September 20th, staff and students wore literacy themed hats and socks that they decorated. The month of activities ended with the literacy assembly where students showcased various nursery rhymes and Bahamian ring plays in English and featured languages like German, French and Spanish. Bahamian artist, Dyson Knight also stopped by with an original story of his own and a performance of his song "I Can Do It" to entertain staff and students.
The Ministry Of Education Honours Former
Director Lionel Sands
“Whatever I accomplished, it was because of Him! (God)” Those words were uttered by Former Director of Education Lionel Sands this past Friday during a retirement luncheon held in his honour by the Ministry of Education. Former colleagues, family, friends and well wishers gathered at the Baha Mar Convention Centre to pay tribute to the former director under the theme, “47 Years of Dedicated Service to Education in The Bahamas”. In an impassioned speech Mr. Sands said not only was he thankful to God for equipping him with what he needed to succeed as an educator and director, but he was also grateful for the team which supported him.
Heartwarming tributes were offered in the form of music and encouraging speeches. Among those paying tribute was Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd who lauded Mr. Sands for his exemplary service over the years and specifically for the ability to remain professional amidst a climate of critics.
Mr. Sands served as the Director of Education from 2007-2017.
The Ministry of Education
2019 New Teachers Orientation
The latest cohort of teachers were welcomed to the Ministry of Education during an orientation exercise, held at the Uriah McPhee Primary School, on Wednesday August, 21, 2019. The two day workshop, which will conclude on Thursday August, 22, will allow the new educators to participate in sessions focused on a variety of areas, including best practices in the classroom, curriculum development, management, protocol, financial and health concerns. Delivering the keynote address was the Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd, who told the educators that the Ministry has embarked upon a number of new initiatives, to ensure that students are equipped with the tools to graduate and compete on a global scale. One of the strategies he highlighted was the integration of technology in the teaching learning process. He said a priority initiative at the Ministry of Education is to create a digital evolution, by creating tech smart schools throughout the country. The aim is to ensure that all students are exposed to the latest educational tools and be able to reap the rewards of having access to distance education.
The Ministry of Education
2019 Public School Administrators Conclave
Director of Education Marcellus Taylor delivered his Director’s Charge during the final day of the Public School Administrators Conclave 2019. He encouraged the chief instructional leaders to remain committed to the Ministry of Education’s central focus, of increasing the high school graduation rate from 50 percent to 85 percent. The educators participated in workshops focused on several topics including multi-grade teaching, management, data processes, curriculum reform, writing effectively, industrial relations, effective leadership and discipline.