Education Lead Specialist, Dr. Sabine Reible-Aubourg (right) speaking with students of the A Ganar Programme during a tour in 2015. (FP)

An evaluation of the A Ganar Program will be undertaken this month by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

It will be conducted on Saturday, May 13, and again on Saturday, May 20, at The St. Michael School, Martindales Road, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on both days.

Acting Director of the Information Technology and Quality Assurance Unit of the Ministry, Junior Burgess, will briefly address the start of the exercise.

Participants will comprise fifth form students from the following secondary schools: Daryll Jordan, Frederick Smith, Princess Margaret, Parkinson Memorial, Graydon Sealy, Ellerslie, St. Leonard’s Boys’, Grantley Adams and St. George.

Students who wish to attend the evaluation sessions should collect a parental consent form, which is available at the participating schools. The signed form should be returned to the school’s office on or before Thursday, May 11.

IDB and education officials tour the A Ganar project at St. George Secondary. (FP)

The Ministry is also encouraging students who were not enrolled in the A Ganar Program to assist the evaluation by volunteering to be part of a control group. Incentives such as vouchers and top-ups from telecommunication providers will be provided for all participants.

For further information on the evaluation exercise, students and their parents or guardians are asked to contact Chief Enumerator, Dr. Veronica Evelyn, at 428-7618; or Project Research Administrator, Unri Babb, at 535-0786.

A Ganar is a sub-component under the Skills For The Future programme, which Government signed on to with the Inter-American Development Bank in November 2012.

Its implementation began with a pre-pilot in January 2013 that engaged two secondary schools and two training institutions. These were St. Leonard’s Boys’ and Parkinson Memorial Secondary Schools, the Barbados Vocational Training Board and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

A Ganar, which is the Spanish for ‘to win’ or ‘to earn’, uses the basic principles of football and other team sports to help youth develop life skills and prepare them for success in the workplace, based on the demands of the labour market.

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