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Skills for the Future Programme an exciting one


The ‘Skills for the Future Programme’ will change the face of education over the next couple of years.

This is according to Karen Best, Chief Education Officer (Ag), last Thursday night while addressing those gathered for the launch of the new programme within the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, known as the ‘Skills for the Future Programme’, and on Friday morning, Principals, Stakeholders and representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank, were all gathered in the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, to launch the programme’s workshop.

As noted by, the programme will change the face of education over the next couple of years. Noting that many of them would have been in discussions with members of the Steering committee planning not only the ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, but also the ‘A Ganar’ programme as well. Best expressed how very pleased she was that those gathered had signed on to a programme that she was ‘very excited about’, and hoped that by the end of the day, they would have developed the blueprint for the programme.

Furthermore, it was revealed that the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation were very much on board with the programme as it targeted a section of the student population that may be ‘at risk’.

“The Ministry of Education is very excited about this programme, because it will reach a section of our student population, that we have had concerns about for a very long time. The Principals here from the participating schools, I’m sure that you are also excited about what is going to happen,” she noted, before encouraging them to make the most out of the day and the information they were about to receive.

“All I want to say to you is that; make this day a very productive one, you are part of history, you are here to help make a difference ... I hope that at the end of the day you would say that you are glad and happy that you were part of this project,” she stated.
The Skills for Life Programme will have four components, which will provide support for an employee-driven training system, improve the quality and relevance of secondary and post secondary education, implement institutional strengthening, as well as disseminate information via the development and implementation of a communication campaign, respectively. The programme will target 12 selected Secondary schools in Barbados, as well as some Post- Secondary Institutions.

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