CVQ PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services, in a major thrust to promote competency-based education in the country, hosted a two-day training workshop in Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). The event was held at the HJ Robinson High and Clement Howell High Schools respectively on January 25 and 26, 2018. Forty-five teachers from public and private high schools throughout the islands with specialization in TVET Education participated. The facilitator was Miss Jodine Williams who currently serves as the Senior Assistant Registrar in the Syllabus & Curriculum Division, at the CXC Regional office in Kingston, Jamaica.

In an effort to address the need for local skilled workers and to provide greater curriculum options that takes into consideration the individual learning styles and interests of our students, the Ministry of Education introduced the CVQ Programme in public high schools in 2015. The programmes introduced thus far are Carpentry, Commercial Food Preparation, Data Operations and Office Administration. Other programmes are expected to be introduced in the coming academic year.

The CVQ Programme is based on Competency-Based Education Training and Assessment (CBETA) which is built on the philosophy of being learner centred. As students’ progress by mastering each competency, they are required to create and maintain portfolios of their work. The workshop was therefore specifically to train teachers in helping students build and manage their portfolios, as well as train teachers to assess their students work, based on established industry standards.

 

PORTS AUTHORITY BOARD MEET WITH STAKEHOLDERS

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ports Authority held its first Providenciales Stakeholders’ meeting for the year, on Wednesday January 17, 2018, in the Conference Room, at the Ports Authority Office, South Dock, Providenciales. A similar stakeholders’ meeting is being planned for Grand Turk during February. The TCI Ports Authority is committed to holding regular meetings with stakeholders. The Board Chairman Mr. Devon Williams announced plans to introduce an annual meeting with Stakeholders - the inaugural meeting is to take place in March 2018.

An overall summary of projects throughout the Port system was presented, and a wide range of issues relating to the shipping sector were discussed. The meeting was very successful and ended with a consensus between both groups to collaborate to address mutual concerns.

It’s Flu Season: Cover Your Cough and Sneezes

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services wishes to advise the general public to be vigilant during this Flu season. Influenza (Flu) season reoccurs annually during the cooler months and is characterized by a prevalence of outbreaks of Influenza. Seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, however, most of often flu activity peaks between December and February.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently that thirty children have died from confirmed Flu related causes (CDC Jan 22, 2018). The Ministry is committed to keeping the Turks and Caicos healthy, and persons are advised to visit the Primary Health Care Clinics within their communities where the Flu vaccine is being offered free of charge.

 

Signs and Symptoms of the Flu: -

•Fever

•Cough

•Sore throat

•Runny or stuffy nose

•Muscle or body aches

•Headaches

•Fatigue (very tired)

•Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

 

It is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months have a flu vaccine annually. In addition to having a flu vaccine, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services would like to recommend the following health tips which can prevent the spread of the infection:

·         Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

·         Put your used tissue in the waste basket.

·         If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

·         Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or long enough to sing the birthday song twice.

·         If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rubs.

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth (germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth).

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

·         If you or your child is sick with the flu stay home from work, school, daycare. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

·         Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods, manage your stress, and be physically active.

·         Everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many different illnesses and may offer some protection against the flu.

 

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

 

Flu virus travels through the air in droplets when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. You can inhale the droplet directly, or you can pick up the germ from an object, then transfer them to your eyes, nose and mouth.

 

For more information, contact your Health Care Provider or the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338-2772 or 338-4942.

 

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Ministry of Education Youth Listening Tour kicks off with high energy!

The Youth Listening Tour organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services in partnership with local youth serving institutions, clubs, churches and schools hosted youth forums throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands during the months of November and December 2017.

This season of the listening tour kicked off in November with high energy in Grand Turk at the H J Robinson High School Auditorium.  The auditorium was filled with the excitement of youths who wanted their voices to be heard and issues to be documented.  The tour continued to other high schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands covering over 7 secondary schools and approximately 2,500 high school youths. 

Youths were asked about the challenges they faced and solutions they envisioned from their communities, families and schools. It is critical for policymakers to listen to what students have to say about their own education. Youths are experts on their educational experiences and have plenty to contribute to the policy discussion.  Acting Director of Youth, Mr. Nixon Dickenson stated; “The excitement of the youths intensified as the tour continued.”

The panel for the events consisted of personnel from the Ministry of Education which included the Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm; the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mr. Amin McCartney and the Acting Director of Youth, Mr. Nixon Dickenson.

The purpose of the listening tour was to meet and listen to the young people of the Turks and Caicos Islands and seek feedback on the most important issues to better assist the Department of Youth Affairs in the development and implementation of programs and youth policies.  The goal of the listening tour was to meet with the entire student body for at least an hour.

“My government has been encouraged and inspired by the focused conversations with the young people.  I never cease to be amazed by young people's courage, wisdom and their willingness to work to make Turks and Caicos Islands, an even better place where all children can grow and flourish without prejudice.  The youths who attended the meetings shared stories about their life experiences and the things they wanted to see changed. Everywhere we went young people spoke with openness and courage. I applaud their frankness and will continue to fight for their rights and cause. The meetings were powerful and I want every young person who participated to know that my team and I listened carefully to what was said,” stated the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services.

The youths throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands raised varying issues across the tour stops.  During each discussion they continually emphasized the importance of education to their futures. They recognized that a quality education is the key to a successful life, and that teachers, parents, and community members all play vital and supportive roles in making their journeys, successful ones. The youths courageously offered their honest feelings and experiences, and expressed themselves without fear.  In gratitude, the Department of Youth Affairs will attempt to communicate that, at the very least, in policies and programs; We hear you!

Overall the tour was a success and the Ministry of Education and Department of Youth Affairs will continue to promote student achievement and accomplishments through programs and activities which focus on:

  • leadership development and mentorship;
  • literacy;
  • improving the quality of life for children and youth in the Turks and Caicos Islands;
  • sports and recreation, and
  • culture and the arts.

Some of the programs offered by the Youth Department are:

  • National Youth Council
  • Youth Parliament
  • Junior Achievement Program
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Program
  • Cadets
  • Big Brother Big Sister Mentors Program, and
  • Camp Hype.

Programs offered by the Youth Department were developed to nurture a positive self-image for the children and youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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