Educating Creative Minds ??? Creating Productive Citizens is the theme chosen this year to mark Education Month in Barbados.

The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation will begin the celebrations with a church service at the People???s Cathedral, Bishop???s Court Hill, on Tuesday, October 1, from 9:30 a.m.

This will be followed by a Health Day in the Quadrangle at the Ministry???s Headquarters, Elsie Payne Complex, on Thursday, October 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Monday, October 7, staff at the Ministry will launch an HIV Food Drive which will end on October 31, in a bid to assist persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Ministry is expected to present the items to the HIV Food Bank on Friday, November 1.

The annual cricket match, featuring Chief Education Officer, Laurie King, is expected to come off on Friday, October 11, from 7:00 p.m. at the Bridgefield Playing Field. It will pit the team from the Ministry against the Barbados Teachers??? Union from 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 12, the usual hike for Ministry staff, family and friends will take place. They are expected to explore Turners??? Hall, St. Andrew from 6:30 a.m.

A five-day exhibition of work from secondary schools will be on display from October 14 to 18 at the Spirit Bond, Bridgetown. The Visual Arts Exhibition runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily.

Visits to retired educators by Ministry officials have been planned for Wednesday, October 17. This exercise will see gift baskets and other cheer being taken to the homes of these elderly individuals, who would have ???helped to mould the creative minds of many of our citizens???.

Friday, October 18, is Teachers??? Professional Day and principals and teachers have been encouraged to plan activities for their own self-development.

The following day, Saturday, October 19, teachers, their families and friends will experience four hours of fun and excitement on a Safari ride to the north of the island. It will climax with a picnic at Folkestone Park, St. James.

On Wednesday, October 23, the Ministry will continue its Edu-Nation Discussion, started last year at the Queen???s Park Steel Shed. The event, which targets fifth and sixth formers and tertiary level students, will run from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

It will be held under the theme: Science, Technology and Innovation: Today???s Classroom – Tomorrow???s Citizen. Director of The National Council on Science and Technology, Charles Cyrus, will lead the panel that includes representatives of the Media Resource Department and the National Council of Parent Teachers Association.

The annual After Work Lime, Karaoke and Line dancing session has been scheduled for Friday, October 25, in the Quadrangle from 4:30 p.m., while the 5K Walk from Queen???s Park to Browne???s Beach will be on Saturday, October 26, from 7:30 a.m.

Education Month culminates on Thursday, October 31, with a new initiative – Poetry Reading – at primary schools across the island.

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