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Aug 5, 2011

Teachers get a summer workshop to improve skills

Hassan Ndahi

Summer is winding down making way for the new academic year. The back to school prep work is not limited to parents and students; the educators also have their hands full getting ready to return to the classroom. Managers and teachers from IT-VET campuses across the country participated in a weeklong workshop in Belize City to improve technical and vocational education. The facilitator is Doctor Hassan Ndahi, a Senior Specialist in Skills and Employability. Doctor Ndahi represents the International Labor Organization’s sub-regional office for the Caribbean, which is located in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He says that training both teachers and managers is important to effect real change.

Dr. Hassan Ndahi, Senior Specialist, ILO

“This is part of what we call the Decent Work Country Programme, which the ILO has with Belize. We have signed the Decent Work Country Programme I believe two years ago so two months ago I came here to review the area of skills and in that review we met with the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Education and we came up with the areas of professional development.”

Dorothy Eck

Dorothy Eck, Teacher, IT-VET Belize City

“Over this past week we’ve been dealing with curriculum development and competency based education at IT-VET and most importantly, quality assurance. And all of those have been very important to me because we need to improve our quality so that we can reach regional standards.  This workshop was something very needed and it should be something that we do probably annually or as much as we can because planning is something that should be done consistently in order to ensure quality.”

Armando Gomez

Armando Gomez, Manager, Orange Walk IT-VET

“I feel all stakeholders in technical and vocational education should have been involved in this kind of training for quite some time now. So I am certain that what we’re learning this week will be very helpful to us when we go back to our institutions so I know that I personally will be implementing a lot of the new things that I am learning and implementing a lot of the new things that I am learning and continue on the good we are doing so far.”

Competency based education is also important for persons who intend to seek employment in the region under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy because they would have to take a Caribbean Vocational Qualification exam.

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