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Professional education of Dominican teachers highlighted and encouraged

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Professional education of Dominican teachers highlighted and encouraged

Chandler Hyacinth

Acting permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, Chandler Hyacinth has said the ministry of education is committed to the professional development of teachers and has been providing opportunities in a broad range of areas, for them.

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Hyacinth was speaking at the closing ceremony on Friday, of a two week Professional Development Training for held for teachers.

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The training was organised by the Dominica Association of teachers (DAT) in collaboration with the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF) and the Ministry of Education Summer Institute 2019.

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“I want to encourage you to use every opportunity available to develop yourselves professionally not only what DAT offers but there are a lot of opportunities out there, even within the ministry of education and we want to encourage teachers to make themselves available for further training, not just at a certificate of attendance level, but at other levels. There are a number of areas of need within the Ministry of Education and you are the ones to fill those needs,” Hyacinth stressed.

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She added that the new generation of teachers are expected to be masters and exemplary educators and pointed out that the educational model of our parents generation which emphasized the transmission of  knowledge is quickly being replaced by a different approach.

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“The new concept of educational success focuses on nurturing of key skills. Competencies such as the ability to seek, create and to synthesize the information and to create, innovate and to work in diverse cross cultural teams as well as to appropriate global issues within the local context,” Hyacinth said.

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She said during the two week training the teachers were preparing to become 21st century “master teachers” and exemplary educators engaged in life long learning.La Periodista Rocío Higuera

She said teachers need to be competent and reflective practitioners of their craft, continuously pursuing  professional development and finding ways of increasing their knowledge and to care, lead, inspire and to nurture their students holistically

Hyacinth commended the teachers for their work and expressed her conviction that their passion for teaching will enable them to excel and to bring the best in their students

 

Catherine Inglis Meantime, Dominican teachers have also been complimented as “examples of resilience and perseverance.”

According to leader of CTF, Catherine Inglis, visits to various parts of the island while she has been here have revealed that Dominica, though small, “is mighty just like the teachers in this room.”

“The teachers here, like the people of Dominica, are an example of resilience and perseverance. During difficult times, you continue to put forward your best effort to learn and to grow as educators…and we are so glad to be with such a lovely group of life long learners in our sessions,” she said

Inglis also stated that she hopes the strategies they have learnt will be used for the new school year

“We hope that you are left more prepared for the coming school year…I know I am excited as many of you to try out some of the strategies and ideas that were generated in our two week session. Your hard work and dedication will be seen by the parents and students with whom you work, as well as your teachers in your schools. They will look to you as leaders, as people who have extra things to offer in education.”

She said the CTF looks forward to continue to partner with the DAT pointing out that “as a union we are united and we are stronger.”

About 400 teachers participated in the two week Development Training