Possible areas of cooperation that will be mutually beneficial to Guyana and Barbados were today discussed when Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry, met with Barbadian government officials in her office.
Visiting the Education Minister were: Barbados Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade the Honourable Sandra Husbands; David Comissiong, Ambassador of Barbados to the Caribbean Community and the Associates of Caribbean States, and Kay Sealy, Director of Foreign Trade Barbados.
During the meeting, Minister Husbands noted that there is a Joint Commission to which both Guyana and Barbados are members. She moreover noted that Guyana and Barbados should work collaboratively to ensure, among other things, the school systems in both countries are producing critical thinkers. Minister Husbands posited that this is necessary if the Caribbean’s youths are to function effectively in the global space that is constantly evolving.
Minister Henry also stressed the importance for greater emphasis to be placed on teacher education to ensure that “our children are exposed to the best possible teaching.”
Additionally, Henry informed the Barbadian delegation that presently Guyana is in the process of reforming its curriculum to cater for modern and futuristic approaches to teaching.
She also underscored the importance of the inculcation of ‘soft and people’ skills for youths in the two countries. She went on to explain that these skills aid in ensuring that they can function effectively in the world of work.
The representatives of the two countries have therefore committed to meeting again as they look ahead to better cooperation and collaboration.