Education Ministry says it is continuing thrust to professionalize teaching force

Dr. Geoffrey Hanley, Hon. Minister of Education, welcomed Dr. Steve Nwokeocha, and stated that he is “Pleased that the MOE is implementing this project to enhance the teaching profession.” This, he describes as “a turning point in education and a positive step towards upgrading the profession to where it will be deserving of the label, ‘the noblest of professions’.”

Secretary General, Warner, said, “The National Commission is honoured to represent UNESCO as it provides technical and financial support to the Ministry of Education to professionalise teaching and raise the standards of education in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Ambassador David Doyle, who continues to lobby in support of SKN projects at UNESCO Headquarters, stated: “The arrival of Dr. Steve in St. Kitts and Nevis marks the continuity of one of our flagship projects in cooperation with UNESCO to the professionalization of the teaching force and strengthen the entire education system across the Federation. UNESCO’s unique expertise in education policy development brings leading-edge guidance to St. Kitts and Nevis, whether it be a national teacher qualification framework or developing a continuous professional development programme. The relationship built over the past five years between the St. Kitts and Nevis National Commission, Ministry of Education, the UNESCO Teacher Task Force Secretariat in Paris and the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO has proven a versatile arrangement in transforming the St. Kitts and Nevis’ education strategy alignment with best professional teaching practices.”

The Ministry of Education and the National Commission for UNESCO are grateful that this project is on its way to being successfully implemented. Thanks to the consultant, steering committee and all stakeholders for their participation in transitioning the teaching force in St. Kitts and Nevis to a higher level of professionalism.

Photo: L-R Dr. Tricia Esdaille, Senior Assistant Secretary; Lisa Archibald-Pistana, Permanent Secretary; Dr. Geoffrey Hanley, Minister of Education; Steve Nwokeocha, consultant; Carla Diamond, chief Education Planner; Dorothy Warner, Secretary General, SKN National Commission on UNESCO.

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