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TCI: Dear Teachers, ‘You make it possible’ says Education Minister

#Providenciales, March 10, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – An event-full Education Week is concluded and in reflection, the Education Minister surmised that none of the successes of the week could have happened without the nation’s teachers.

“Through your commitment to helping our children learn you have shaped minds and influenced attitudes for a lifetime and when we think about it, you have actually also impacted a generation yet unborn; on behalf of the Government and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands – Thank you for the work you do,” said Minister Karen Malcolm, in an audio message.

On every island and at every school there were individual festivities and Education Week events, which encouraged cultural expression, provided mentorship opportunities, challenged the minds of students, featured the nations of the world and provided speaking and worship experiences, in appreciation of the value and role a good education plays in the lives of every learner.

The Minister expressed that the efforts at schools, within islands and nationally did not go unnoticed.

“I thank you for your determination to help our sons and daughters realise the purpose for which they are here and acquire skills and competencies needed for full participation in the country’s economic growth and social advancement.”  

The Minister gave assurance that the advancements are not just for the younger learners.

“Our Ministry continues to provide avenues for training our school leaders, department heads, form teachers, special education teachers, general education teachers, subject specialists and guidance counsellors. Our aim is to ensure that teachers are equipped to provide innovated and experimental learning experiences to enable our children to be successful.”

Scholarships have been awarded to teachers for upgrade to graduate teacher status, and existing teachers have been given opportunity to expand their knowledge and skill in areas of priority, said Minister Malcolm.

“We embarked on a mission to restore classrooms and school spaces conducive to learning and creativity and I am delighted that at some schools this has been achieved.”

The Minister said she is committed to getting the requested tools to teachers and informed that work continues for enhancement to physical structures of public schools.

“We have been the beneficiaries of ICT supplies and training in the use of information communication technologies as tools for teaching and learning.  Our work on introducing teaching standards and the implementation of an induction and coaching program and the provision of instructional resources coupled with the improved working environments will result in an overall improvement in working conditions for teachers.”

Friday March 8, 2019 was commemorated as Teachers Appreciation Day in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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