Distribution of Instruments of Appointment for new ACTT Council

Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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News Release           November 20, 2019

Distribution of Instruments of Appointment for new ACTT Council

Primary and Secondary schools of the Caroni Education District converged at the National Energy Skills Centre, Couva for the Integrated Arts and Technology Showcase hosted by the Ministry of Education and the United States Embassy on November 14, 2019. This Showcase is part of a larger project that aims to implement activities that contribute to increased student engagement, learning and achievement. It is aligned to the Ministry’s STREAM Education Programme, which utilizes Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

Members of the newly appointed Council of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago

(ACTT) received their instruments of appointment from the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Education’s Head Office on Wednesday 20th November, 2019.

The ACTT is a corporate body, responsible for conducting and advising on the accreditation and recognition of post-secondary and tertiary educational and training institutions, programmes and awards, whether local or foreign and for the promotion of the quality and standards of post-secondary and tertiary training in Trinidad and Tobago. The Members of the Council are appointed by the  President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

In his address to the newly appointed Board, Minister Garcia thanked the new Members for accepting the appointment and for ensuring that beneficiaries of tertiary education excel in the fields of their choice.

Minister Garcia said, “The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago is of extreme importance to us in the education system, especially since we have had some adjustments to GATE because a number of providers before had not been accredited and that has caused some concern. However, I’m happy to note that you have been doing an excellent job and you continue to do that.”

Meanwhile, newly appointed Chairperson, Dr. June George thanked the Ministry of Education and by extension the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and noted, that the very important work done by the Accreditation Council needs to be continued. She also promised that the board is ready to give their best and work together with all the stakeholders with the goal of ensuring the conservation of the Tertiary Education sector.

The Council will serve for a period of three (3) years up to 2022.

The following is a list of the newly appointed Board Members:

Members Designation
Dr. June George Chairman
Dr. Ruby Alleyne Deputy Chairman
Mrs. Denise Dennis-Horsford Board Member
Mrs Wafaa Mohammed-Ghany Board Member
Dr. Alvin Archibald Ashton Board Member
Dr. Archibald Prime Board Member
Mrs. Shalene Suchit-Dwarika Board Member
Mrs. Pramatee Gajadhar Board Member

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The Integrated Arts and Technology Project which was launched in 2017 has brought teachers together from the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and Core Curriculum areas to leverage strategies to improve students’ performance through enhanced content delivery of traditional subject areas like English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. Through the support of the US Embassy, Fulbright specialists and teaching artists Deborah Sunya Moore and Kimberli Boyd, from the United States, have been working with over 150 teachers throughout Trinidad and Tobago to transfer techniques that utilise dance and music in curricula delivery.

Director of Curriculum, Ministry of Education, John Roopchan endorsed the integrated arts approach to education. He stated, “While this particular programme appeals especially to the kinaesthetic learner it boosts the general engagement among all students. It is a critical methodology for the education sector as we continue to review and implement best practices for the delivery of the curricula. The integration of music and dance to teach theories in math, science and language facilitates a de-centralizing of subjects to demonstrate how the various subjects interact with and relate to one another.”

Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy, David N. Richelsoph noted, “We began this project because we realized that the education…must meet the demands of a fast-developing world where today’s technology is tomorrow’s artifact.  We identified a need to engage teachers and students in more creative strategies in the teaching of Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. With an integrated arts and technology curriculum, students can benefit cognitively, emotionally, and behaviourally.”

The Showcase also included an interactive Exhibition that engaged students in other STREAM activities. Aside from learning dances that delivered the theories of the digestive system and mathematical angles, students had an immersive experience in robotics, augmented reality and coding, while building life-skills in collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, problem-solving, and innovation. Exhibit partners included COSTTAAT, NIHERST, DIY Place and Restore a Sense of I Can.

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