Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Mr. Nicholas Fraser 
Head – Physical Education Unit within the Unit of Allied Arts

Mr Nicholas Fraser, BSc, MBA (Hons) assumed the office of the Head – Physical Education Unit within the Unit of Allied Arts in August 2009 soon after the Unit’s establishment. He is the first person to hold this position. In this post, he develops and promotes Physical Education and Sport policies and programmes for Nursery, Primary and secondary schools in keeping with the curriculum. The range of his work includes: assessing and monitoring the implementation of the Physical Education and Sport Curriculum in schools; advising the Regional Education Districts and the Ministry of Education on matters related to Physical Education and Sport; collaborating with the Ministry of Social Cohesion, National Sports Commission, national sports federations and other non-governmental organisations in relation to the development of Physical Education and Sport; and identifying training needs and facilitating training programmes for physical education teaches and coaches.
Mr Fraser’s service to the Ministry of Education began in January 2007, when he assumed the position of Senior Subject Specialist – Physical Education in the Curriculum Implementation and Development Unit of the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD). In that post, Mr Fraser provided leadership in updating the Physical Education and Sport Curriculum for Grades 1-6 and developed two Sport Manuals for Primary Schools in Track & Field and Volleyball. He also assisted the Head of the Curriculum Unit in the development of the ‘Education Satellite Programme’ which became the precursor of the Guyana Learning Channel.
Prior to his appointment as Senior Subject Specialist – Physical Education, he served as the Assistant Director of Sport (Development) at the National Sports Commission from 2005 to 2007 where he served as the principal advisor to the Director of Sport in matters pertaining to Coach Training, Programme Development and technical matters of the Inter-Guiana Games.
Mr Fraser has served on the executive committees of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association as Vice President and the Guyana Volleyball Federation as General Secretary. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Youth Basketball Guyana. He is the national trainer of the Caribbean Coaches Certificate Programme in Guyana and a coach of the Dorado Speed Swim Club. He is an external examiner for the Caribbean Secondary Certificate Examination (CSEC) and script marker and moderator for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) for Physical Education and Sport.
As an athlete, Mr Fraser has represented his schools, universities and country in numerous sports and events locally, regionally and internationally receiving numerous awards and recognition.
Mr Fraser has a wealth of experience and training in education leadership, curriculum development, curriculum design, lesson planning, lecturing, managing sport facilities, public administration, project management, research, sports coaching, sport development, sports management, strategic management, teaching and youth development. He was educated at The Bishops’ High School and Queen’s College, both in Guyana, holds a Diploma in Project Management from the Institute of Commercial Management in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and Sport from the Escuela Internacional de Educacion Fisica y Deporte (EIEFD) in Cuba and a Master’s Degree in Business specialising in Sports Management from Griffith University in Australia graduating with 1st Class Honours.

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