“CSME in the classroom” training for Grenadian teachers

CSME TeachersGrenadian teachers at the CXC and CCLC level got the opportunity to build on their skills to bring the Caribbean Single Market and its opportunities to life for students at a workshop held last week Tuesday.

The session was made possible under the Improving Information Flows within the CARICOM Single Market for Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Project being spearheaded by the CARICOM Secretariat.

The Project aims to increase the number and types of information channels promoting the CARICOM Single Market to CARICOM nationals.

It falls under component 300 of the CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTCP) which seeks to widen the scope of participation by stakeholders and beneficiaries in the process of decision-making, implementation and operation of the CARICOM Single Market.

Teachers’ workshop is an empowered Grenadian graduate sector equipped to exploit their rights and privileges as CARICOM nationals.

Teacher training is one of a number of similar capacity building activities to better equip influential sectors like the media and public officers whose work is to implement the nuts and bolts of the CSM Regime: The Free movement of Skills, Goods, Services and the Right of Establishment

The need for this type of workshop has been highlighted through research efforts within the CARICOM Community that has revealed the need for public education to be more enhanced, focused and specific to targeted audiences.

Insight has also been gleaned from feedback from CAPE and CSEC teachers and students that indicates that while resource material on CSME is becoming more accessible, there is still a perception among many stakeholders in the educational environment that regional integration, the CSME and related topics are still viewed as primarily academic concepts, to be studied for examination purposes, but not very exciting and barely applicable to their everyday existence.

The goal of the workshop therefore is to facilitate educators to enhance the scope and depth of students’ understanding of the essential concepts related to regional integration and, no less important, to engender learners’ curiosity, interest and excitement in CSME and regional integration.

Dr Gordon N. Harewood, a regional specialist in education development designed and facilitated the training on behalf of consulting firm Right Angle Imaging which is implementing the Information Flows project on behalf of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Dr. Harewood has provided over twenty years of service to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), developing a deep understanding of the educational environment in all of the countries served by CXC.

He has led teams that have designed, implemented and evaluated syllabuses and assessment programmes throughout the Caribbean, and has been directly involved in several of the innovations successfully launched by CXC during his tenure, including the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), and the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC).

The CSME in the Classroom Teacher Training Workshop is expected to enhance Teachers competence in designing interesting, student-centred activities, through a project-based learning approach, leading to more effective learning and teaching of content and concepts relevant to regional integration and CSM.

Similar teacher training workshops are scheduled to be held in upcoming weeks in Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Educators are just one of the various stakeholder groups being targeted throughout the CARICOM Member States for training in facilitating communication on CSME as part of the consultancy.

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