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Wesley Clerveaux joins Natl Health Insurance Board as new CEO on Jan 1, 2021

Turks and Caicos Islands – December 9, 2020 –  At least five more selfless residents of Turks and Caicos will find their names gracing public facilities in the coming days and weeks.  The Turks and Caicos Cabinet agreed to five women of the islands receiving timeless accolades.

The late Louise Garland-Thomas

Cabinet “Approved the naming and renaming of the following Government Buildings given their significant contribution to the Turks and Caicos Islands within their profession and field of work…”

The Grand Turk Wellness Centre will become the The Sylvia C. Melhado Aged and Special Needs Center.  The National Stadium will be called The Corena Walkin National Stadium and several Early Childhood Blocks at government primary schools will be renamed. 

Renaming welcomed new namesake, Sylvia C. Melhado to a ribbon cutting ceremony

At Iathe Pratt Primary, the block will bear the title:  The Jestina Delancy Early Childhood Center; at Oseta Jolly Primary School, the honour goes to Cecily Ewing and in a major tribute, posthumously bestowed, a former Education Officer will be immortalized at one of the country’s newest publically run schools.

Long Bay High School will take on the title: The Louise Garland Thomas Junior High School.

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In another significant Cabinet announcement:  Wesley Clerveaux will shift from the Ministry of Education to the fraught National Health Insurance Board.  Clerveaux has been permanent secretary at Education since 2017 and a permanent secretary in government since 2012. 

Mr. Clerveaux assumes his new position as CEO and Director of the NHIB on January 1, 2021.

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Issue of commemorative stamp in two denominations to celebrate the bicentenary of the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk

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Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, 4 April 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Postal Services is pleased to announce the issue of a commemorative stamp in two denominations of ten ($10.00) dollars souvenir sheets and fifty (0.50) cents sheetlets depicting the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk.

The Stamps were produced and issued for the commemoration of the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk bicentenary celebration which took place on the 21st of December 2023.

The stamps will be on sale to the public from Monday the 8th of April 2024 at the George Brown Post Office Building on Airport Road, Providenciales and the Grand Turk Post Office at the Peter Williams Building on Church Folly.

 The Postal Services is pleased that it was able to accommodate the request of Cannon Mark Kendall by securing the production and issuance of the stamps. Further, the Postal Services is pleased to be associated with the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk in its achievement of such a momentous milestone.

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The Ministry of Education welcomes the UNICEF to the Turks and Caicos Islands

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The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is continuing its efforts, in collaboration with the UNESCO subregional office for the Caribbean, to support member countries in the transforming Education Agenda.  Dr. Gale Rigobert was hired to conduct consultation in the Overseas Territories. 

The lead consultant, Dr. Gale Rigobert, is no stranger to Education Change in the region.  She will be visiting the islands during the period April 9th to 13th to conduct the Turks and Caicos leg of this project.  While in the Turks and Caicos, she is expected to meet with several groups and stakeholders as well as key Government Officials.

The objectives of the consultation will be to identify country priorities for the transforming Education Agenda and align efforts with regional governance agencies and development partner technical and financial support.

In particular there has been increasing concerns about the extent to which COVID 19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in the education system, thus deepening learning loss and the attendant global learning crisis, with the understanding that the most vulnerable groups experienced the most disproportionate disadvantage. While learning loss and knowledge gaps pre-occupy many, there are other seemingly latent issues that have significant bearing on the learning experiences of students as well.

The above concern motivated a special summit in September 2022 and by extension the transforming education agenda.  The Transforming Education Summit in September sought to renew the global commitment to education as the greatest public good.  It pursues to mobilise ambition, action, solutions and solidarity to deliver on existing commitments, to leverage a reimagining of education to help recover pandemic-related learning losses and revitalise efforts to achieve SDG 4 between now and 2030.

Hon. Rachel Taylor Minister responsible for Education noted that, ‘we are looking forward to the visit of the consultant. Her visit will allow us to gather valuable data on learning loss in TCI and this will assist in the development of initiatives to close those gaps.

Cherylann Jones Permanent Secretary for the Ministry endorsed the sentiments of the Minister and noted that the meetings will also provide an opportunity to discuss other areas of support for the Education Sector of Turks and Caicos and strengthen the existing relationship.

The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Shore Club on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 9:30am.  The consultation aims to give governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), academic institutions, the private sector, and youth representatives an opportunity to share their opinion of education for the future.

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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH 2024 “BUILDING A HOPEFUL FUTURE, TOGETHER”

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The Department of Social Development and Welfare in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation, and Telecommunications joins the rest of the world in recognizing the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  During this time, a commitment is made to re-examine strategies to support children and families’ well-being in raising awareness for preventing child abuse and neglect. This year, as we seek to raise awareness and consciousness in protecting and securing the welfare of all children in the TCI and around the world, we join in promoting the theme, “Building A Hopeful Future, Together”. What does this look like? Reaffirming our commitment to collaborating with our partners, stakeholders, and community members to make sure all children and families have the tools and assistance they need to reach their full potential. Acknowledging the vital connection that exists between every child’s safety and reaching a happy and bright future. 

 The Honorable Minister with responsibility for Social Development and Welfare, Honorable Otis Morris remarked, that the theme “Building A Hopeful Future, Together” emphasizes the crucial need of our TCI communities, stakeholders, partners, and well-wishers collaboration in support of our children and families to promote nurturing, stable environments that will ignite the catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect and build bridges to a prosperous, sustainable future. The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness about child abuse prevention and providing a platform for people to unite in support of the goal that all children have safe and healthy homes to thrive. As the Minister, I am leading the charge in taking a stand against child abuse and neglect and also providing the resources, manpower and sustenance to continue community awareness against child abuse and neglect. I applaud the Department of Social Development and Welfare for the progress they have made in child abuse prevention and for the undying passion they havedisplayed in the fight against child abuse and neglect. As a community, we all have a part to play in preventing child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse is everybody’s business, let us do our part in preventing child abuse and neglect.

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