The African Heritage Foundation (AHF), Registered Charity No. 1112, is in the process of challenging the way education is approached in our country. The organisation is seeking to present different modalities to foster a better grounded and more well rounded student, who will be better prepared to manage life following adolescence. The AHF is also in the process of developing an educational facility called the Barbados Alkebulan Academy for Social Empowerment (BAASE) that will be used as a working model of an evolved system of educational development for children and adults.
Societal involvement in the crafting of an educational system that is designed for the most effective social and economic empowerment is crucial. Therefore forums must be constructed in which educators and parents alike can have meaningful discussions on the direction of education in our schools and the outputs we would like to see.
On Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the AHF will be hosting a Teachers and Parents Forum, ‘The Evolution of Education’, at the Israel Lovell Foundation. This will be the first of a series of similar forums to discuss and implement new methodologies of information extraction and dissemination in our educational institutions. This forum starts at 10:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm each day. Lunch and refreshments will be on sale to assist with the cost of the B.A.A.S.E development initiatives.
Day one will consist of four presenters who will engage attendees in discussion around their particular subject matter. Presenters and topics that will be presented are:
1. Ms Cheryl Rock. Principal of Derrick Smith School and Vocational Centre. Topic: Skills for Success 2. Dr. Ian Marshall. UWI Lecturer in Educational Leadership in the Department of Education. Topic: Parents: Invaluable Partners in the Pursuit of Educational Outcomes 3. Ms. Andrea Jordan. Independent Community Midwife & Breastfeeding Specialist and Managing Director of Rites of Passage Midwifery Care Inc. Topic: The Impact of Modern Day Birthing Practices on Health and Intelligence 4. Ms. Nailah Imoja. Principal of Cane Vale Preparatory School. Topic: Producing a Well Rounded Child
Day two will consist of two short films, discussion and a short group working activity.
Resolutions from the ‘The Evolution of Education’ will be shared with the Ministry of Education and the administration of all schools on the island. It is hoped that principals and teaching staff read the findings from the forum and use as needed to develop their schools’ capacity for knowledge building