A contract was signed on Friday morning between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Organization of American States that will result in the former benefiting from financing for the further development of teachers in Antigua and Barbuda.
The agreement will allow the ministry to draw down on US $ 83,000, through the OAS Development Corporation Fund.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Michael Browne speaking during the signing ceremony in his office said they have reached this stage thanks to Ministers of Education throughout the OAS who have challenged the international body to “up the ante in overall contributions towards the development of teacher education and pedagogy.”
“One of the challenges we found was that there is an inconsistency in the way teachers are trained and how professional development is done in Latin America, South America and across the Caribbean,” Minister Browne stated.
Identifying the disparity, education ministers formed working groups to arrive at solutions that will remedy the situation. Funding was secured in Washington last year for the region.
The areas that will receive attention ministers agreed are continuous training for teachers through professional development, strengthening teacher education and the provision of basic training for pedagogs.
“There has been the assumption that the OAS and its relevance to the region may be in question. I am happy that our signing today galvanizes the extent, to which the OAS is not only making a comeback in terms of establishing its relevance in the region, but the Ministers of Education through the International Education Department made it plain that money is going to be put where decisions have been made,” the minister added.
Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Rosa Greenaway and Mrs. Stacey Payne-Mascall, Coordinator for the Initiative signed on behalf of the Ministry, while National Liaison Officer, Almira Henry signed on behalf of the OAS.