Today the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) donated a video conferencing equipment to the Ministry of Education (MOE) National Accreditation Council (NAC) to assist that body in the execution of its mandate as it works to continuously improve the service offered.
The $2000US piece of equipment was handed over by UNESCO Secretary-General to Guyana, Ms Patrice La Fleur to Minister of Education Hon Nicolette Henry at the Barima Avenue office of the NAC.
In her remarks at the handing over ceremony Minister of Education, Hon Nicolette Henry said the equipment will ensure greater impact at a lower cost while concomitantly improving the efficiency of the NAC. Additionally, Minister Henry expressed her Ministry’s gratitude for the donation and assured that the MOE will always look to new methods in the delivery of education services in Guyana.
Executive Director of the NAC, Debra Jack in her remarks said that the donation is timely since the equipment will be used for training and will lessen the expenses for travelling abroad for training. Ms Jack said that her organization is always looking to confirm with the standards that obtain internationally, and the video conferencing equipment will help in this regard.
Jack said that if NAC officers are unable to attend training sessions abroad, the equipment will ensure that they receive that training while in Guyana. “we have to keep learning and keep ourselves abreast with what are the international standards”. Additionally, Ms Jack said that the NAC must be able to establish a service that can effectively measure quality assurance at the tertiary and post-tertiary levels.
over the last two years, there has been a concerted effort by the Government of Guyana (GoG) to strengthen the NAC to improve its functioning to quality assurance for all post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions in Guyana using internationally recognized best practices and standards.
The NAC is now poised to benefit from continuous technical support from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (that already has the technology and can facilitate such training).
The procurement of the video conferencing system will allow the National Accreditation Council to:
Participate in webinars conducted by CANQATE in various quality assurance areas that would benefit more than fifty persons from the National Accreditation Council, post-secondary and tertiary institutions, and other professionals who are interested in quality assurance.
Organize training exercises with the ACTT in areas such as accreditation, where NAC staff still require much training to begin to deliver this service.
Conduct on-going scheduled and ad hoc mentoring of NAC officers and External Evaluators in the delivery of the registration, accreditation, recognition and equivalency services.
Participate in other quality assurance training exercises and webinars conducted by international quality agencies such as the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).