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Teachers at work during the conference.

Our theme this year drives to the heart of any education system. It speaks to where you as teachers engage children to become lifelong learners.

Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP

Published 9th March 2012, 2:13pm

Be an innovator, teach to lead, care and inspire, and above all, be creative and fun. These were some of the themes used during the Annual Education Conference. Each was used to encourage the educators in our islands to seek the highest standards for our students.

The conference was held by the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment on Monday, 20 Feb at the Mary Miller Hall. Teachers and educators from throughout the islands were on hand to participate in the event.

Encouragement was the word of the day, as the teachers were addressed by Minister Rolston Anglin: “Our theme this year drives to the heart of any education system. It speaks to where you as teachers engage children to become lifelong learners. You have an awesome responsibility to come up with ways to teach, care and inspire.

The Minister continued by stating, “We empower you in your position and expect all of you to care to develop our kids into future leaders.”

Throughout the conference, each of the teachers participated in workshops that addressed three specific areas: National Strategic Priorities, Sharing Good Practice and Connecting with Children. There were over 60 workshops, many of which were delivered by educators currently in the government system, touching on areas that included the curriculum, behavioural studies, technology and even our culture as it is related to discipline.

The Premier, Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP gave his full support to the conference and its ability to provide teachers with continued training. He said, “Supporting our teachers’ professional development is a critical step to keep up to date with new resources and tools to allow our children to be ready for the future. “

The Key Note Speaker, Mr. Patrick George Smith, Associate Vice President from Northern Caribbean University, followed the sentiments of the day and encouraged and riveted the crowd with his words as he stated, “Dream the impossible for your students. The future doesn’t happen, we create it. Recognize and respond with your students’ feelings. You are the ones that will shape the reality for your students and always remember if the standards are clear and the process is there, your students can make it!” (GIS)