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.

ONGOING ROADWORK - PARADISE ROAD WEST

Please be advised that Paradise Road West is scheduled to be paved beginning by 8:00am on Monday, January 29th. Paving activities will last a full day.

During this time, Paradise Road West will serve as a one-way road. It will be closed to incoming traffic from Windward Road and Paradise East, however, it will remain open to incoming traffic from Cooper Jack Bay Road as displayed above.

If you are a resident of this street, your property access may be temporarily blocked with equipment as paving progresses. We ask that you please make appropriate arrangements to depart and/or return to your residence prior to paving commencing. Similarly, please do not plan to depart or return while paving operations are taking place immediately in front of your property.

Traffic controllers will be present onsite to give necessary directions to motorists thereby ensuring safe and efficient operations.

We apologize in advance for any disruptions caused by this work. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the roads in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

 

Minister of Education Visit to London

Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Sport and Library Services, led a delegation to the Education World Forum 2018 held at Park Plaza Hotel in London from January 21 to 23. The Education World Forum takes place in January each year. It is the world’s largest gathering of education and skills ministers and their senior advisers representing over two-thirds of the world’s population gather to debate future education policy.

The event is supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Department for International Development (DfID), the British Council and the EWF industry partners.

The Forum offered three days of insight and inspiration from leading education pioneers, policy makers and education experts, with many of the sessions given by education ministers themselves as part of an honest assessment of countries’ common issues and challenges.

The seven (7) pillars of education which underpins the philosophy of education provision outlined in the TCI education policy, along with the eight (8) strategic imperatives and 4 cross cutting issues of the Education Sector Plan, are closely aligned with the theme of this year’s Forum: “Preparing students for success: thinking, doing, well-being and learning – education policy-making in the 4th industrial revolution.”  While at the forum the Minister embraced opportunities to network with other ministers of education, meet representatives from DfID and the British Council, visit the largest education technology exhibition in the world, and share her vision for leading the transformation of the TCI education system.

Hon. Malcolm noted that she is humbled to have had the opportunity to lead a delegation to such a large gathering of education experts.  She stated; “I was able to share ideas and gain an understanding of and a greater appreciation for the challenges and aspirations of education systems around the world and how these systems are evolving in a rapidly changing technological era.  The Turks and Caicos Islands will benefit from some of the work being undertaken in other countries to support our teachers through professional development and improve learning outcomes in mathematics beginning at the primary level.”

Hon. Malcolm’s attendance at EWF 2018 marks the third time that the Turks and Caicos Islands has attended the Education World Forum. While in the London, Hon. Malcolm will host a reception in London where she will address students from the Turks and Caicos on matters of interest concerning them.

Early Dismissal of Oseta Jolly Primary School

As a result of the recent challenges being encountered with the air conditioning system at the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex, which is currently being occupied by the Oseta Jolly Primary School on an interim basis, the Ministry of Education wishes to advise the parents of students attending the School and the public that effective Monday, January 29, 2018, classes will be dismissed at 1pm daily until further notice. Classes will commence at its regular time but the School will resort to reduced recess time to minimize the impact of the early dismissal.

 

Fans and other cooling apparatus have been placed in the facility to assist in making the environment a more comfortable one that is conducive to learning. The Ministry of Education is actively engaged with the Ministry of Infrastructure to ensure that the necessary works to the Complex are completed expeditiously and is collaborating with the Public Health Department to ensure a healthy and safe environment for the students and teachers being housed at the facility, which is of paramount concern.

 

Parents are advised to make provisions to pick up their children at the adjusted time of dismissal which is 1pm.

 

The Ministry appreciates your understanding concerning this matter.

 

ENDS

TCI 2018/19 Electors List to be Publish Friday January 26, 2018

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT, GRAND TURK

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

TCI 2018/19 Electors List to be Publish Friday January 26, 2018

 

Turks and Caicos Islanders will be given the opportunity to view the 2018/19 Electors List from Friday, 26th January, 2018.  Supervisor of Elections Lister Dudley Lewis will post the Electors List of voters to seventy nine (79) locations across the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

After publication of the Electors List, Registered Voters will have fourteen (14) days to scrutinize it and make any claims or objections.  Electors can make claims on their own or on behalf of others, as set out in Form 3 in Schedule 1 of the Elections Ordinance similarly, objections can be made as set out in Form 4 in Schedule 1.

 

An Elector who is off Island for the next two (2) weeks may appoint an agent to act on his/her behalf as set out in Form 5 in Schedule 1.  The Agent must produce a sworn affidavit that he/she are acting on the Claimant’s behalf.  All Forms can be obtained from the Elections Offices Grand Turk and Providenciales also the District Commissioner’s Officers.

 

Claims or Objections can be submitted to the Elections temporary Office located at the Strategic Policy & Planning Unit South Base, Grand Turk and Providenciales Elections Office Butterfield Square, District Commissioner’s Officers or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Electors List will be available for viewing in the ten (10) Electoral Districts from Friday 26th January, 2018 at the following locations:

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICTS                                                                                           PLACE

 

ED 1 – Grand Turk North                                                                                         Fulford’s Gas Station

                                                                                                                                Dominican Supermarket (Pond Street)

                                                                                                                                Sunny Food Store (West Road)

                                                                                                                                Durham’s Home Centre (Lighthouse Rd.

                                                                                                                                Dominican Supermarket (Over Back)

                                                                                                                                John Missick Bar (West Road)

 

ED 2 – Grand Turk South and Salt Cay                                                                   Cee’s Food Centre

                                                                                                                                Palm grove Variety Store

                                                                                                                                Do-it-Centre

                                                                                                                                Tom’s Mini Mart

                                                                                                                                Grand Turk Library

                                                                                                                                Dominican Supermarket (Back Salina)

                                                                                                                                Grand Turk International Airport

                                                                                                                                DC’s Office (Salt Cay)

                                                                                                                                Community Centre (Salt Cay)

                                                                                                                                Circle (G) Food Store

                                                                                                                                Ruth Ann Buy Rite Store

                                                                                                                                Grand Turk Liquors

 

ED 3 – South Caicos                                                                                                Airport Terminal

                                                                                                                                District Commissioner’s Office

                                                                                                                                Sea View Marina

                                                                                                                                Super Value Supermarket

                                                                                                                                G & H Enterprise

                                                                                                                                Government Treasury

 

ED 4 – Middle and North Caicos                                                                              District Commissioner’s Office Conch Bar

                                                                                                                                Community Centre, Bambarra

                                                                                                                                Government Clinic, Lorimers

                                                                                                                                District Commissioner’s Office Bottle Creek

                                                                                                                                Kevin’s Enterprise

                                                                                                                                Digicel Store Bottle Creek

                                                                                                                                Community Centre, Kew

                                                                                                                                Community Centre, Whitby

                                                                                                                                Community Centre Sandy Point

 

ED 5 – Leeward                                                                                                       Long Bay Express Gas Station

                                                                                                                                Rubis Gas Station – Ideal Petroleum

                                                                                                                                Sand Castle Convenience Store

                                                                                                                                TCI Ferry Service

                                                                                                                                K.K.T Auto Service

                                                                                                                                IBO Store

                                                                                                                                Tropical Plaza Gas Station

 

ED 6 – The Bight                                                                                                      PTV General Store

                                                                                                                                Ocean Club Convenience Store

                                                                                                                                Kathleen’s 7 – 11 Store

                                                                                                                                Caicos Petroleum Gas Station

 

ED 7 – Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill                                                                     The Library

                                                                                                                                Grant’s Gas Station

                                                                                                                                Elite Sports Club

                                                                                                                                The Post Office

                                                                                                                                Betty’s Store Kew Town

                                                                                                                                Black’s Store Kew Town

                                                                                                                                Chinson’s Grill Shack

                                                                                                                                Discount Liquors

                                                                                                                                Provo Discount Store

                                                                                                                                H & C Variety Store

 

ED 8 – Blue Hills                                                                                                      Doreen’s Club

                                                                                                                                Keyse’s Variety Store

                                                                                                                                J & M Fair Trade

                                                                                                                                Carrington’s Store

                                                                                                                                Chicken Shack

                                                                                                                                Sailing Paradise Restaurant

                                                                                                                                Grave Variety Convenience Store

                                                                                                                                Grace Variety Store

                                                                                                                                Petro Plus Gas Station

 

ED 9 – Five Cays                                                                                                     Mackey’s Automotive

                                                                                                                                Kitch’s Restaurant

                                                                                                                                Hole in the Wall Restaurant

                                                                                                                                Gilly’s Café, International Airport

                                                                                                                                5 Cays Electronic Store

                                                                                                                                Walkin Service Station

                                                                                                                                IBO Store

                                                                                                                                Liz Bakery

                                                                                                                                Solomon’s Store

                                                                                                                                Arawak Shipping

 

ED 10 – Wheeland                                                                                                  Froggies on the Beach

                                                                                                                                B & J Restaurant

                                                                                                                                3 Queens Restaurant & Bar

                                                                                                                                Papa John Grocery Store

                                                                                                                                Mari’s Variety Store

                                                                                                                                Tiffany Trading

 

Lister Dudley Lewis

Supervisor of Elections

 

 

FORM NO. 3

(Section 15(1))

Notice of Claim

 

To the Supervisor of Elections

 

TAKE NOTICE that I .........................................................................................

of............................................................................................................................ (Place of residence)

.................................................................................................................................

(Occupation)

 

am qualified for inclusion in the electors list for the .................................. electoral district and that my name, address and occupation have been *(omitted from)(wrongly stated in) such list and that I hereby claim that such list be amended *(by the insertion of my name, address and occupation therein)(by the correction of the particulars therein relating to my name, address and occupation), as follows: 

 

          Dated this .................... day of.............................. 20 ........

 

                                                                        .....................................

                                                    Signature of Claimant

* Strike out bracketed words if not applicable

  


FORM NO. 4

(Section 15 (2))

(1)   Notice of Objection

To the Supervisor of Elections

 

TAKE NOTICE that I .........................................................................................                                                     (Name of Objector)

of.............................................................................................................................(Place of residence)

.................................................................................................................................

(Occupation)

 

am qualified for inclusion in the electors list for the ..................................... electoral district and am so included

 

And that I object to the inclusion therein of ......................................... on the ground that such person is disqualified for inclusion therein by reason of ......................................................................

 

Dated this .................... day of ....................................... 20 .......

 

 

......................................................................................................................

Signature of Objector

 

 

TO (name of person objected to)  ......................….........…………..…………….......

of (address) ...........……………….............................................................……......

I, ......................................................... of ......................................................... being a person whose name is included in the electors list for the ................................... electoral district hereby give you notice that I object to your name being retained on the electors list for the ..................................... electoral district above mentioned on the grounds that  ....................……………………………………………………………………

(state grounds)

and that you will be required to prove your qualifications.

 

.....................................

Signature of Objector

 

.....................................

                                                                                    Date

 

Form No. 5

Section 15(3)

Form of Appointment of Agent

I, (name) ............................................................................................................. of (address) ......................................................................................................... say this––

1.

I am qualified to be registered as an elector in the electoral district of (give name of electoral district) ……………………………...........……..

 

2.

I expect to be absent from the Islands during the following period of time (give dates of absence) ......................................................………..

 

In accordance with section 15(3) of the Elections Ordinance, I appoint––

(Give name of agent and address) ............................................................................... ..........................................................................................................................to act for me as my agent for the purpose of making a claim.

Signed : ....................................

Witnessed by : ....................................

Dated : ..............................…...

 

                               

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