Education for a Caribbean Mindset. Inaugural Eric Downie Memorial Lecture Sept 2009.

INTRODUCTION

The Reverend Dr. Devon Dick and the Organisers of the Boulevard Baptist Church have conferred on me the great honour to deliver this first Eric Downie Memorial Lecture. While the task is awesome, it is not one that I could decline. We are inaugurating the commemoration of the life and work of a remarkable son of Jamaica. Loving husband, devoted father, bedrock of the extended Downie family, teacher, a Mico Man to be exact, college lecturer, historian, teacher leader and Baptist deacon are but some of the areas in which he excelled. But then we would have left out dominoes, of which he was a master.

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UWI 2012 Graduation Address – Humanities and Education


 

 INTRODUCTION

Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne; Vice-Chancellor Professor E. Nigel Harris; Fellow Honorary Graduand Dr Joy Spence; Principals: Sir Hilary Beckles (Cave Hill); Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald (Open Campus); Professor Gordon Shirley (Mona) and Professor Brian Copeland (St Augustine); Pro Vice Chancellors: Professor Yvette Jackson and Professor Alvin Wint; University Librarian Ms Jennifer Joseph; other members of the Platform Party; Deans; Professor Emeritii; Retired Members of Staff, in particular Mrs Gloria Barrett-Sobers, Mrs Joy Pilgrim and Mr. Anthony Fallon; the Honourable Arnaldo Brown, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Justice Seymour Panton, President of the Court of Appeal; Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Family and friends of the Graduands; Graduating Class of 2012; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen I am triply honoured this morning. First, to have been awarded Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from my alma mater. Second to say thanks to the University of the West Indies on behalf of fellow Honoree Dr. Joy Spence who is not only the first female master blender in the world but in 2012 has been awarded honorary doctorates from both universities from which she graduated. Third, is to be given the great opportunity to address the Graduating Class of 2012.

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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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GENDER AND EDUCATION FOR ALL

St Andrew High School 80th Anniversary Education Conference

Errol Miller June 2, 2006

  • Delighted be to be invited to make a presentation at this Conference. When I went to Calabar students from St Andrew’s journeyed to Red Hills Road to do Physics in Sixth Form. Boys had a great incentive to do Physics, so I did Physics. My debut as Guess Speaker was age 27 at School Prize Giving of St Andrew’s High.

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SUSTAINING 21ST CENTURY TEACHERS: RAISING THE BAR

Madam Chairman, Honourable Minister Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. David Leacock, Chief Education Officer, Mr. Christopher Aird and other officials of the Ministry of Education, Dr Cynthia Thompson Assistant Provost, University of Belize, President of the Belize National Teachers Union, Mr. Luke Palacio and Executive Secretary, Ms. Keisha Young, colleague teachers, colleagues of universities and colleges, distinguished presenters of papers at this Conference, participants, invited guests and long-time Belizean friends who I see in the audience, it is a great privilege to be asked to give the keynote address at this conference. Having retired from the University of the West Indies and public responsibilities, whenever I am invited to give keynote addresses or public Lectures, my assumption is that most likely I will not have another opportunity. I, therefore, approach the Theme ‘Sustaining 21st Century Teachers: Raising the Bar’ possessed of the compulsion to give of the best of what I have learned and from the core of my beliefs. Continue reading