A team from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is currently in Barbados to assess the components which fall under the Skills For the Future Program (SFTF). The administrative mission will be here until Friday, May 17.
The mission is held to review the status of various programmes of the SFTF, which is supported by a US $20 million IDB loan. The SFTF programme is executed by the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training.
The IDB team, which will be led by Education Lead Specialist, Dr. Sabine Reible-Aubourg, is particularly interested in the status of the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF).
Under this Fund, grants are awarded on a competitive basis to partnerships between private sector organisations and training institutions, who present valid and approved initiatives for funding.
During the mission, IDB officials and representatives of the Ministry will visit, interact and follow up with several winning partnerships which would have gained funding from the CBTF.
Among these are partnerships formed with the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, the Barbados Community College, Barbados Vocational Training Board, Barbados Port Inc., the Caribbean Maritime University, McEnearney Quality Inc., A&B Music Supplies, Digicel (Barbados) Ltd, Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA), FieldTech Staging Solutions and Ullyett Machine Shop Service.
Additionally, meetings will be held with the Barbados Statistical Service and the Caribbean Examinations Council. There will also be reviews of the School Improvement Grant which falls under Component II of the SFTF programme.
The purpose of the grant is to provide additional training, teaching assistance and pedagogical materials in the areas of numeracy, literacy and TVET training.
IDB and Ministry officials will also visit some of the schools which are benefitting from the grant, including Springer Memorial Secondary School, Darryl Jordan Secondary School and The Ann Hill and Irving Wilson Schools.
The Administrative Mission will also assess the results of the A Ganar Evaluation conducted in 2018.
The A Ganar programme, which uses a sports-based methodology to train selected students from chosen schools in core life skills, was funded by the IDB from 2013 to 2017.