Chief Education Officers of the OECS host meeting at the Haddon Hotel
April 5, 2007
Chief Education Officers of the OECS host meeting at the Haddon Hotel

A number of issues were taken into consideration as the meeting with the Chief Education Officers in the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) came to an end on Friday March 22.

Giving the opening remarks at the opening ceremony on Thursday, Chief Education Officer of this Country, Susan Dougan told the participants that during the two-day session, there are some questions that they must take into consideration.{{more}}

These include whether or not what they are doing is sufficient to help citizens in the effort to reduce poverty; whether what they are doing will help the economy to improve and to increase employment opportunities.

Addressing the audience, Chief Education Officer of Grenada, Martin Baptiste stated that during the past 16 years they have been involved significantly in the transformation of education throughout the region.

Despite the fact that work has been done on the region, it is hoped that the discussion would be lifted to a different level where they would work on the goals that they have set.

“One of the greatest needs in the sub-region is to get experts to meet and discuss what is going on,” Baptiste stated. “We need to sit together and share our experiences of what is going on,” he continued.

In highlighting the importance of education, head of the OERU Henry Hinds said that they will be looking forward to ways in which they can make education more meaningful to students.

Education according to Hinds helps to illuminate poverty and should be at the top of the agenda of any country.

The opening ceremony of the OECS Chief Education Officers was held on Thursday at the Haddon Hotel and heard presentations from several persons around the region.