Barbados will next week host a national consultation on the Draft CARICOM Regional Education and Human Resource Development (HRD) 2030 Strategy, developed by the CARICOM Commission on Human Resource Development.

The event, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, takes place on Thursday, October 27, at the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) Headquarters, Prince Road, Pine Plantation Road, St. Michael. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Approximately 35 stakeholders in the areas of education, labour, finance, planning, youth, sports, the environment and culture are expected to converge at the St. Michael venue to discuss the document and make recommendations for inclusion into the final document.

Deputy Chief Education Officer with responsibility for Planning and Development, Dr. Roderick Rudder, will deliver remarks at the start of the consultation.

The main objective of the CARICOM Commission on Human Resource Development is to develop a Regional Education and Human Resource Development (HRD) 2030 Strategy, and an implementable Action Plan and Roadmap that would form the basis for action by Member States and create a framework for the CARICOM Education Agenda.

In order to ensure that the Human Resource Development (HRD) Commission is successful in addressing its mandate, Member States are required to assist the Commission in determining urgent areas for policy formulation and programming, both at the national and regional levels.

Already, several of them have identified persons to serve as National Focal Points to the HRD Commission. Such persons are responsible for, among other things, ensuring that there is national input regarding the work of the Commission among public and private sector agencies, timely feedback to the Commission, strong advocacy and dissemination of the Commission’s work.

Member States were also required by the Commission to convene National Consultations to consider the preliminary draft of the HRD 2030 Strategy. The findings and recommendations arising out of the Barbados consultations will then be included with those from other Member States to shape the final draft of the Strategy.

This will later be presented at the Conference of Heads of Government at its Intersessional Meeting in February 2017.


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