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May 21, 2015

CSME Conducts Workshops on Membership Opportunities

One of a series of workshops to train teachers to become effective communicators of Caribbean Single Market And Economy took place in Belize City today. The CSME Unit partnered with consultants and specialists to engage high school teachers with the aim that it will make students and working professionals aware of the potential that exists within the CSME. So far there have been three workshops and they’ve been led by Dr. Gordon Harewood, a curriculum specialist who is working as a consultant:

 

Dr. Gordon Harewood, Consultant, Right Angle Imaging Consulting

Dr. Gordon Harewood

“In many instances giving teachers really direct firsthand knowledge from the source, so to speak, the status of CSME in the region as a whole, the status of the local country, like Belize in this case. So, we provide teachers with content, but content in itself and in isolation isn’t enough. This content, teachers need to share this content with their students. And that’s where I come in because I focus more on pedagogy. So much of the first day is spent with teachers, discussing CSME and discussing how it is implemented and then we move on to speak with teachers and to give teachers hands on experience to look at ways to deliver that content that is more student friendly and more student centered so that students are motivated to go and find out about CSME. To recognize first of all, hey this CSME thing is not abstract and far away and just in a Syllabus. It is something that we are living in and something that we can use, that something we can benefit from, something to make our lives and to make our country better. Unfortunately, we are always not completely satisfied with how much teachers don’t know about CSME. This is not a Belize issue; we find this throughout the Caribbean. I worked with the Caribbean Examinations Council for twenty plus years and I worked with subjects which have CSME content in their syllabuses, Social Studies, Caribbean History and so on. We know from bitter experiences that every time we ask questions on those topics, students don’t answer the questions, they don’t know and not many students do well, also. So, we know that there is a knowledge gap. In some cases, teachers used to complain that information was not there. CARICOM has been doing a wonderful job in packaging information and getting it out there. Teachers need to just be pointed in the right direction and not just that but how do I get my students   excited about this. I want students to see that in CSME, there are real opportunities for me. If I want to leave Belize and make a living somewhere, I don’t only have to look to Mexico and the U.S, there are opportunities, there are products that we produce in Belize. There are services that I can offer as an IT person and as an Agri business person. These things are in demand in the rest of the CARICOM and I can ride the CSME wave so to speak and produce those products, provide those services and with technology these days I can provide those things without even leaving home.”

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