Education conference set

A follow-up to last year’s landmark National Education Conference will be held Friday, 1 December.

Like its predecessor, the event will bring together a wide-range of stakeholders in the future of education, including education professionals and representatives of local businesses and trade and developmental organizations, said a press release from the Ministry of Education.

The conference will be held at Mary Miller Memorial Hall in Red Bay.

This year’s theme is ‘Innovating for brighter futures – together’, reflecting both the forward-looking nature of the programme and the Ministry’s inclusive approach to education reform.

In keeping with this theme the Ministry has assembled a heavy-weight ensemble of speakers, whose presentations will provide the main body of the day’s activities.

This year’s speakers include: Professor Stephen Heppell, the world’s leading expert on schools of the future; Prakash Nair, a globally acclaimed change agent for the enhancement of teaching and learning through improved school design; and Robert Gregory, Executive Director of the HEART Trust National Training Agency of Jamaica, who is renowned for his long-term commitment to empowering the workforce of Jamaica and the region.

The programme also includes a short presentation by senior representatives of the architectural firms which have been appointed to work on the design and build of the new high schools.

‘This conference is designed to inspire our stakeholders to adopt a more innovative approach to their roles in the reform process, and provide some useful and compelling insight into the exciting new possibilities for enhancing the ways we teach and learn,’ said Education Minister Alden McLaughlin.

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