The contribution Barbados has made to education regionally and internationally, as well as how education has contributed to the development of the island, will be the focus of a series of lectures sponsored by the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.
The lectures, which will begin next Tuesday, March 14, will be held at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed under the theme Without an Education in Your Head…You Are Better off Dead. The Evolution of the Educational System in Barbados: Challenges and Opportunities.
Chairman of the museum’s Publication and Public Programming Committee Dr Henderson Carter said the lectures would be presented in the context of Barbados being a leader in education for many years.
“Barbados, as you know, has exported teachers and principals not only in the region but throughout the world. We have a high number of trained graduates and our educated society attracts businesses to our shores,” he said.
“However, more important, education provides the human resource capital that drives development in Barbados, both in the private sector and the public sector.”
Carter said the committee believed it was important to zero in on the historical developments related to Barbados’ educational system.
He stressed that the lecture series would not only be looking at the evolution of the system, but would also be examining the challenges and opportunities it encountered.
President of the Museum Council Sir Trevor Carmichael added that education has been a key component in the development of Barbados and the decolonization process.
“Education and early education in Barbados has been linked to our churches and to our church system and they continue to play a significant role in Barbados’ continued growth and development. But I suggest to you that education has also played a significant part in the decolonization process of this country.
“I go further and I will suggest that the advent of free education in Barbados was part and parcel and remains part and parcel of that decolonization and development process,” he said.
Former Deputy Principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies Professor Pedro Welch will kick off the series when he addresses the topic, The Challenges and Contribution of the Private Schools Since 1950. On March 21, Dr Carter will look at the topic, The Development of Teacher Training in Barbados; and on March 28, Wilmont Straughn and Dr June Lynch will speak on Educating the Differently Able: Challenges, Impact and Prospects
The series will continue on April 4 with Director of the Museum and Historical Society Alissandra Cummins speaking on the topic: The Museum as an Educational Resource, followed on April 11 with Glenroy Cumberbatch examining The Development, Challenges and Contribution of the Caribbean Examination Council.
The final lecture will be held on April 18 when Dr Glenford Howe speaks on Developments in Tertiary Education since 1963 and Dr David Browne and Dr Patrick Rowe engage in a panel discussion on the topic, Changing Educational Policy since 1950. (NC)