Preliminary findings of studies on Barbados’ educational system will be presented next month, when the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development hosts a stakeholder’s forum at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, on Thursday, December 2.

The key aim of the consultation is to give stakeholders an opportunity to hear about the initiatives, to better understand the purpose and objectives of these studies and to introduce them to the consultants who have been selected to carry out the various tasks.

Earlier this year, the Inter American Development Bank (IADB), approved the utilisation of resources from the Bank’s Special Fund for a Technical Cooperation Operation.

The general objective of this Technical Cooperation is to provide a detailed study of the education sector in Barbados, including analysing the various sub-sectors, closing existing data gaps and providing input for discussion on policy and decision making for the future.

Results of the studies will inform future strategies and initiatives of the Government of Barbados, with the final goal of making Barbados more competitive.

The period of execution of the Technical Cooperation runs from October 2010 to April 2012, and it will be implemented jointly by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and the IADB, with significant collaboration from the Ministry of Labour.

The stakeholders’ forum will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will be officially addressed by Principal Personnel Officer in the Education Ministry, Stephanie Charles- Soverall. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Martin Cox will deliver opening remarks, while Senior Education Specialist with the IADB (Washington), Sabine Aubourg will bring greetings on behalf of that international financial institution.??

There will also be a presentation by Operations Officer (Social Sector Division, Caribbean Development Bank), Dr. Martin Baptiste.??

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