Education Week has become a bi-enial event which shines a spotlight on the invaluable and timely initiatives that the Public Education System has successfully undertaken and this is our third one since its inception in 2009. As educators, we share the philosophy that it is important to inform the community about our vision, reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of our Ministry, celebrate our successes and those who contribute to it and most importantly plan the way forward.
The week’s theme, Commitment to Excellence, is an indication of our strong belief in producing quality educational opportunities in an effort to shape our youth ensuring that they become contributing members of our society. This arduous but necessary task does not rest with the Ministry of Education alone and in order to successfully meet our goals we partner with business leaders and members of the community on a daily basis. These individuals subscribe to our mission which is ‘to provide for all citizens and residents, in collaboration with other stakeholders, a comprehensive course of quality lifelong education which would enable individuals to develop and achieve their full potential, allowing them to make meaningful contribution to National Development.’ Therefore Education Week reminds us that our schools are a shared responsibility and each member of the community must do his or her part to support and ensure student growth and achievement.
A week of fun, informative and celebratory activities has been planned and is under way. As this is our 30th year of Independence, we have also sought to encourage the open display of National pride by assigning a colour from our National Flag to each day of the week.
Today Saturday was our Fitness Walk which commenced at 6pm. Ministry of Education employees, teachers, parents, students and business leaders joined together in an energetic, fun filled walk from Independence Square Street to Frigate Bay.
On Sunday, the Ministry’s employees will take the opportunity to worship at the Zion Moravian Church at 9:30 a.m in our National Colours. In everything we do, we must give God thanks for endowing us with the foresight and tenacity to move our education system forward despite the numerous challenges.
Monday is a day of reflection, as our Round Table discussion will be guided by the theme ‘Commitment to Excellence: Building Leaders for the Future Advancement of our Nation’. The primary objective of this discussion is to meet with Education officers, our business leaders, teachers and students to dissect and chart a path for education system over the next ten (10) years.
Tuesday is our panel discussion which will be aired live on ZIZ at 8:30 p.m. The topic to be discussed is ‘Assessment of Student Achievement: Implication for the Education System’. Interested persons are asked to call in and join in the discussion.
Wednesday has been dubbed Education Pride Day. The doors of all of facilities will be open and members of the community are invited to visit, connect with us and share in the experience.
Thursday is the Ministry of Education Olympics and a fun day for our schools. Teams will adorn themselves in Green, Red, Yellow and White. All members of the community are invited to join us at Warner Park’s Football Stadium to watch four competitive teams vie for the title of Olympic Champions. You are encouraged to adorn yourselves in the national colours, journey to the Park and cheer on your favourite team.
Friday is National Pride Day. The Ministry of Education along with our Education Partners will have an Exhibition in Independence Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All are invited to visit.
On Saturday, we wrap up the week with a Celebration of our Employees at our Awards Ceremony. This event serves to honour and pay tribute to the Ministry’s employees who work tirelessly with our students and parents. They are the bus drivers, teachers, school meal workers, administrative staff and many others. We thank them for their hard work and willingness to ensure that our students are ready and able to learn.
Now, it is with pleasure that I deem Education Week 2013 officially open. Come celebrate this week with us as we renew our Commitment to Excellence, generate public awareness and support for education. Remember our Nation’s children are the Federation’s future. Goodnight and God’s richest blessing.
Press release by Minister Nigel Carty.