TEACHER EDUCATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS – Belize 2010

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Errol Miller

INTRODUCTION

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen all let me thank the University Centre, and particularly Mrs Jane Bennett, for inviting me to give this public lecture this evening. I welcome the opportunity to speak in Belize on a subject with which I have been engaged continuously in the Commonwealth Caribbean for the last 35 years. Having retired from the University of the West Indies last year and having worked with teacher educators in Belize over the last 26 years I am approaching this lecture from the perspective of an oldster exiting the scene having a conversation with the generation that must continue the work that some of us took over from our elders in the profession. More than giving the Lecture I look forward to the question and answer session.

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THE CARIBBEAN SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY

IT’S IMPLICATION FOR TEACHERS AND TEACHER EDUCATION IN THE CARIBBEAN

Author: Errol Miller

INTRODUCTION

Today is my last day in a line position in my public service as an educator in the Caribbean. As of tomorrow, I take my place among retired educators. If I had planned this week I could not have done a better job, symbolically, with how it has gone. On Thursday I had the last day in office with paperwork. Yesterday morning paid a visit to a primary school in order to introduce the new USAID Director responsible for education in the Mission in Kingston to the Caribbean CETT. Continue reading

THE CHANGING POSITION OF MEN IN SOCIETY

Author: Errol Miller

INTRODUCTION

The changing position of men in society is intimately interrelated to the breakdown of the traditional family, street children, women’s liberation, male marginalization and increasing violence in the home and on the streets. From the boardroom to the bedroom, from school to the workplace, from church to entertainment changes in gender roles and relationships are manifest. Invariably men’s traditional roles and relationships are challenged. Interestingly, these changes are often debated separately and in isolation by different interest groups. The approach taken here is to attempt to understand the changing position of men in the context of general societal transformation. Continue reading

EMPOWERING THE CARIBBEAN MAN

Subtitle: LIVING A LEGACY

Occasion:  Caribbean Men’s Conference

Author: Errol Miller

You have conferred on me the great honour of delivering the keynote address at this important regional Conference. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity. You have chosen as the Theme for this Conference: “Empowering the Caribbean Man: Living a Legacy”. You have not required me to make the Theme my Topic. However, I feel constrained so to do. For in so doing it forces me to address the issues as you identify them, in the best way I know how and can do. This approach ensures that the keynote address makes at least a small contribution to the discussions in the various Sessions that follow. Continue reading

QUALITY PRIMARY EDUCATION

A NATIONAL CHALLENGE

Author: Errol Miller

Mr. Chairman, ladies, and gentlemen a signal honour has been bestowed upon me in the invitation to deliver this Keynote Address at this national conference. Given the wide array of choice of speakers that was available to the organisers, to be chosen constitutes a special privilege. It is therefore with considerable fear and trembling that I embark upon the primary personal challenge of delivering the kind of keynote address that will provoke the conference to re-think and tackle this seemingly uncontroversial theme, Quality Primary Education: A National Challenge. Continue reading