Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 03 October 2019 11:28

Inaugural Teaching Conference being held to address tertiary education

…aimed at exposing educators to tertiary level best practices

The University of Guyana’s Centre Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CoETaL) is hosting a Teaching Conference over the next two days for educators in higher education.
The conference which opened today at the Pegasus Hotel, is designed to expose tertiary level educators to best practices within the teaching and learning sphere.
Delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana said that the decade of development which begins in 2020 will accord the highest importance to public education including tertiary education.news 20191004 7
He said that during that decade every child will be afforded access to education so that children would not have to travel long distances to receive an education which they are entitled to.
He said that every Guyanese child should be encouraged to attend school, stay in school and graduate from secondary school. Further, His Excellency said that every qualified Guyanese child must be afforded the opportunity to attend the University of Guyana.
“Every teacher also will have an opportunity to attend University to benefit from improved teacher training. Educators are the sinews of the education system. They are central to achieving the aims of education which are to produce graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and values, not only for their own personal development but national development,” His Excellency remarked.
President David Granger said that education standards will decline unless there is a corps of qualified teachers capable of upholding the expected standards. He said that teacher training is vital to preparing educators for the role which they will be expected to play in ensuring quality and inclusive education for all.news 20191004 9
He said that theme of the conference, ‘Investing in academic growth for national development’ is welcomed to what is taking place in Guyana presently. The President noted that a significant portion of the proceeds from petroleum will be invested in public education.
Minister of Education, Dr. the Hon. Nicolette Henry in her presentation said that the education agenda in Guyana is driven in a large way by the vision of His Excellency. She thanked him for his leadership and support and also recorded her gratitude to the University of Guyana for successfully organizing the conference.
She added that the theme for the conference illustrates the interconnected nature of tertiary education; firstly linking tertiary education to individual growth which allows young people to become confident, engaged citizens and secondly, fully underscoring Guyana’s needs for a highly trained workforce.
“I think we all can agree that twenty-first century graduates must be well educated in the broadest sense of the word. We know, they need top-class degrees in science, engineering, arts and other areas like humanities. But academic competencies alone will not suffice, other capabilities are equally important: such as intellectual curiosity, entrepreneurial skills and the ability to communicate ideas,” Minister Henry remarked.
She said that tertiary education institutions are unique in bringing together teaching and learning as well as fundamental and applied research. Further, she stated that collaboration is very important if we are to successfully address our skills shortage areas in the labour market.
According to Dr. Henry, this conference provides the platform for intellectual exchange that is necessary for collaboration and hopes that recommendations that will come from the many discussions will help to frame Guyana’s renewed agenda.
The conference which comes to an end tomorrow, will place significant focus on technologies and pedagogies used in the teaching environment and also facilitate opportunities to capture the experiences from the learners. This is expected to facilitate evidence based interventions for improved teaching.

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