Ministry of Education launches new initiative to highlight its services

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:25 PM - St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, January 22, 2014 – GIS: The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has launched a new initiative that will help the general public become more familiar with its departments and the various services that they offer.

Plans have been set in place to highlight the Ministry of Education’s over 20 departments and sub departments over a four month period. Every week a different department will be featured in a promotional video that will be aired on local programming and featured on the Ministry’s webpage.

Appropriately, the first department featured in this new endeavor is the Early Childhood Unit; the persons in charge of our children’s educational beginnings.
Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Honourable Anthony Boatswain, met with the members of the Unit and stressed the importance of foundational learning.

“I want to express my firm support for the Early Childhood Department because this is the foundation and unless you build a solid foundation, nothing else will stand. Regardless of what you do at the superstructure, you must have a solid structure,” Minister Boatswain said.

The Education Minister was pleased to learn about the new methods of learning and getting children to express themselves. He commended the early childhood officers for their hard work.

Theresa Fletcher, Early Childhood Officer responsible for District 2, was pleased to have an opportunity to share the efforts of the Early Childhood Department with the public.

“I think this is a very good initiative because we want to be highlighted and we need to be highlighted. We want to be in the spotlight so that we can show the world how important Early Childhood Education is and what we are doing here right now. We are doing a lot of good things for our nation’s children,” Fletcher said.

Early Childhood Officer responsible for District 6, Carla St. Louis, praised the Unit for being the only one in the Eastern Caribbean to supervise the education of youngsters until the age of 8.

“In terms of the OECS countries, our Early Childhood Unit is the only one that covers from the age of 3 through to age 8. We supervise from Pre-school to Grade 3. The general OECS policy carries from birth to age 5 and our unit is the only one that actually goes up to age 8 in terms of supervision and services that we provide to children at the early childhood stage,” St. Louis said.

“Internationally, however, early childhood covers from birth to age 8. So we are quite good in terms of international standards.”






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