October is Education Month and to mark the contribution of teachers to Barbados, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will host a series of activities under the theme "Embracing a Positive Attitude:?? The Impetus of Achievement".

Events will begin with a parade and a church service this Friday, October 1.?? The parade will move from Southern Plaza car park through Oistins, to Church Hill and on to the Christ Church Parish Church, where those in the education profession will participate in divine worship, at 10:00 am.

Tuesday, October 5, is "World Teacher’s Day" and individual schools are being encouraged to recognise the contribution of teachers and staff.?? A message from Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, is expected to be read at all schools on that day.??

On Thursday October 7, the Association of Public Primary Schools Principals will host its inaugural conference at the Accra Beach Hotel from 9:00 a.m. It will take place under the theme "Empowering Principals".

On Wednesday October 13, there will be a health fair at Queen’s Park for all schools to attend. This will get under way at 9:00 a.m.

Teachers’ Professional Day will be observed on Friday, October 15 and the Ministry is encouraging schools to organise activities for the development of the institutions.

There will be a hike in St. John, from Codrington College to Bath, on Saturday, October 16. It begins at 6:00 a.m. and will be guided by Captain DeLisle Bascombe. Teachers interested in participating are asked to call Joann Hall at 430-2806 for further details.

Ministry officials will, on Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21, visit and honour a number of retired educators on the island.

On Monday, October 25, the Barbados International Business Association will organise a symposium for 5th and 6th form students, at the 3Ws Pavilion, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. This starts at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 26, has been designated as "Give a Book Day", and members of the public, especially teachers and students, are encouraged to buy a book for someone, give a book to a school, or exchange books with friends or workmates.

The John Cumberbatch Memorial Lecture on "Recovery Begins with Teachers" will be held on Wednesday, October 27, at the Almond Bay Conference Centre, in Christ Church, at 7:00 p.m.??

Friday, October 29 is National Open Day, where the general public is encouraged to visit schools and participate in their activities.

Education Month will culminate on Saturday, October 30, with netball and cricket matches at the Bridgefield Playing Field in St. Thomas. Members of the public are invited to come out and watch the netballers and cricketers from the Ministry of Education as they battle teams of teachers in these two sports. jgill@barbados.gov.bb

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