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Education Ministry Undertaking a Learning Loss Assessment to Review the Impact of COVID-19 on Education

NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin said the recent lockdowns and shutdowns in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic have had multiple negative effects on education. “Indeed, it has been noted that no sector has been more severely affected than the education sector,” the Minister said at a press conference on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 announcing that the Ministry will be undertaking assessments on children at public schools throughout the country to evaluate the extent of the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “A tremendous body of research has been conducted globally and regionally and there is unanimity in the findings that millions of children worldwide are suffering from learning loss. Minister Hanna-...

Education Minister says more will be done to create greater accessibility for talented youth

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Scholarship and Loan Division of the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training continues to build partnerships and secure relationships with accredited international colleges and universities to allow Bahamian students to benefit from tuition waivers and discounts on college expenses. The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical & Vocational Training in an address at All Bahamas Merit and National merit Scholars Award Ceremony January 5, 2023, underscored that it is “crucial” for The Bahamas to invest in the future of the nation through education and training. She said higher education can transform the lives of young people, unlock potential in children, and open doors for many future career opportunities. Over 600 new s...

All Bahamas Merit and National Merit Scholarship winners urged to Come Home and ‘Pour it Out’

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Twenty five exemplary and outstanding Bahamians who have excelled academically and demonstrated commitment to community, leadership and service have been honoured for their efforts by the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training. Alexis Godet, a graduate of Saint Augustine’s College, is the 2022 All Bahamas Merit Scholarship (ABM) recipient and Kobe Forbes, also a graduate of St. Augustine’s College and a student at St. John’s University, is the 2022 All Bahamas Merit Scholarship Runner-Up.  ABM scholar Godet, a chemical engineering major at University of South Florida led the achievers who were recognized Thursday, January 5, 2023 at an Award Ceremony at Holy Trinity Activities Centre. Maya Tilberg, a graduate of Saint Augustine’s College who ...

Celebrating Grand Bahama’s Youth – MOYSC ‘Youth Recognition Awards’ Ceremony Honours 73 Young People for Their Accomplishments

GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas — Ms. Sandena Neely, Head of Youth Division in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC) said the inspiring young people of Grand Bahama conveyed all is not lost with the young people of The Bahamas.  Seventy-three youths were recognized and honoured for their accomplishments in various disciplines, including art, business, music and service, during the MOYSC ‘Youth Recognition Awards’ in Grand Bahama on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Freeport Bible Church. “This is a historic night and one that speaks hope about the young people, not just of Grand Bahama, but of the entire Bahamas, that all is not lost,” Ms. Neely said during Saturday night’s awards ceremony.  As the keynote speaker, Ms. Neely encouraged the 73 recipients, as we...

Prime Minister supports MOU between UB and University of Hawaii facilitating research and training in disaster risk reduction

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Philip Davis has thrown the government’s support behind a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation and Exchange, between the University of The Bahamas and the University of Hawaii. The MOU was signed during a Disaster Risk Reduction Summit facilitated by The Disaster Reconstruction Authority, the National Emergency Management Agency, and the Pacific Disaster Centre of Hawaii on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Baha Mar Resort. Signatories to the MOU were: Dr. Erik Rolland, President, University of The Bahamas, and Dr. John Barile, Director, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawaii. The event coincided with ‘International Day for Disaster Reduction’ – October 13, which is set aside by the United Nati...

Steel Pan workshop held for music teachers of Grand Bahama

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas — The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is seeking to revive the culture of steel-panning in The Bahamas by hopefully reintroducing the creative art into the educational system. Under the auspices of the Bahamas Ministry of Culture, with the tutelage of Nevin Roach, of Barbados, music teachers throughout Grand Bahama were given a basic, yet in-depth, crash course on steel-panning. The one-day workshop was held on Friday, September 30, 2022 in the auditorium of Bishop Michael Eldon High, the school notorious in Grand Bahama for its Steel Pan ensembles and experience. “It is my intent to take them (music teachers) through every aspect of steel-panning, from the history of the instrument, to learning tunes, to setting up the pan, to creating melod...

LJM Maritime Summer Campers learned about the marine environment and gained survival skills

NASSAU, The Bahamas — For two weeks, the LJM Maritime Academy hosted its free Maritime Summer Camp sponsored by Disney Cruise Line.  The Summer Camp guided 50 participants, 10 to 13 years, through marine conservation, maritime knowledge, fire prevention and safety, and other survival skills. Most of the Summer Camp was held on the Lowell J. Mortimer Maritime Cay campus at Arawak Cay which consists of functionally designed spaces outfitted with cutting-edge technology, equipment, and tools. Minister of Transport and Housing, the Hon. JoBeth  Coleby-Davis in remarks at the camp’s closure this weekend said “I am grateful to Disney Cruise Line for sponsoring the summer camp as part of its ‘Wishes Set Sail’ campaign focused on empowering local youth in celebration of...

100 Laptops to Ministry of Education from FTX Digital Markets

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Teachers in the public school system will be the recipients of 100 laptops donated to the Ministry of Education by FTX Digital Markets. In attendance to receive the laptops, September 22, 2022 was Minister of Education and Technical & Vocational Training, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin who thanked representatives of the company.  She told them that it takes a village to raise children and that the government needs all of the help it can get to educate the nation’s youth.   Director of Education, Marcellus Taylor thanked the company for being responsible corporate citizens and said that the laptops would go a long way in assisting teachers in carrying out their duties, especially after the pandemic plunged education systems around the world into ...

Public Managers Union and UB sign Industrial Agreement

NASSAU, The Bahamas — An Industrial agreement deemed ‘acceptable’ to both parties was signed between University of The Bahamas (UB) and the Public Managers Union (PMU).  The event was held at the Michael Eldon Complex on the UB campus, September 20, 2022. President of the University of The Bahamas, Dr. Erik Rolland, expressed his enthusiasm about the new agreement. “I am most encouraged by the level of collaboration that has transpired between the University and the managers union.  Today, we commit that the University recognizes the importance of joint consultation and agrees to consult with the union on matters that affect the working conditions of managers.  We will ensure that managers develop the skills necessary to lead others, and the security and employment of managers c...

Teachers to benefit from agreement signed by Government and Bahamas Union of Teachers

NASSAU, The Bahamas – A retention bonus, salary increases and increments, are among the benefits teachers throughout The Bahamas will receive as a result of an industrial agreement that was signed by the Ministry of Education and Technical & Vocational Training and the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT).   The three-year agreement was signed Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at the Office of the Prime Minister before executives including the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical & Vocational Training; the Hon. Pia Glover-Rolle, Minister of State for the Public Service; the Hon. Zane Lightbourne, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Technical & Vocational Training; Lorraine Armbrister and Gina Thompson, permanent secretaries; President Belinda Wilson...

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