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NASSAU, Bahamas -- The U.S. Embassy's Education and Cultural Specialist plays a key role in supporting the planning, development and implementation of a broad range of U.S. Government funded programs and activities in partnership with the Bahamian government, civil society, business, academic and cultural entities.
Successful applicants will have an extensive knowledge of Bahamian politics, educational structures, history and contemporary culture is required. A firm understanding of U. S. society, culture, education, political processes and foreign policy concerns is highly desirable.
A Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution.
3 to 5 years of experience in cultural or media activities, public relations, university teaching, journalism or related fields.
Skills and Abilities:
Exceptional communication, public speaking, organizational, and project management skills are required.
Must be able to work effectively with other people and organizations in the planning, coordinating, and carrying out of innovative education and cultural activities and programs.
Computer skills and an understanding of technology are required.
Deadline for applications: May 24, 2012.
By JASMIN BONIMY
Guardian Staff Reporter
As more than fifty thousand public school students head back to classrooms across the country today, Minister of Education Desmond Bannister revealed that education officials plan to launch a number of programs which focus on improving educational performance and meeting the needs of students.
Bannister made the comments while giving his 2010/2011 National Back to School Address at the William B. Johnson Auditorium on Joe Farrington Road Saturday afternoon.The Education minister told more than two thousand parents that this year officials hope to build on both the successes and failures of previous years.
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Minister of Education the Hon Desmond Bannister made a special visit to Grand Bahama to meet with the Eight Mile Rock High and Lewis Yard Primary schools as well as principals, vice principals, the School Board and Ministry of Education officials. Mr Bannister also used the time to discuss his plans for the educational system in Grand Bahama. Pictured from left: Permanent Secretary, MOE, Elma Garraway; Mr Bannister; Administrator, Office of the Prime Minister, Don Cornish and District Superintendent, MOE, Sandra Edgecombe. (BIS photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
It is now commonly accepted and broadly acknowledged that the educational plant in The Bahamas is badly broken and is in urgent need of an overhaul. In recent times the minister of education has publicly said that many of our school buildings should have been condemned long ago. Our national grade average continues to hover around the 'D' level and our schools continue to 'graduate' semi-illiterate students who are barely able to read, comprehend and speak proper English.
The sad part about this scenario is that stakeholders have yet to come together to study the 'problem' much less to offer realistic solutions and improvements. We all are 'aware' that the educational plant is in a state of disrepair but few of us are even checking.
It is regrettable that we have been able to secure financing to do some cosmetic and debilitation 'road improvement' works here in New Providence, but not a single new school has been built by this administration in almost five years. The school at Horse Shoe Drive, thank God, may be opening soon but there has been no definitive statement from the Ministry of Education.
In our Family Islands, especially Cat Island, most of the school buildings are a national disgrace and not fit for human occupation. Yes, I fully understand that there are so-called budgetary constraints, but there can be nothing of higher importance than the through education of our children, apart from health care.
I understand that we are negotiating to borrow yet another 12 or so millions of dollars from an international lending institution to make up the 'short falls' in the ballooning costs for the 'road improvement' works, but we are unable or unwilling to spend some monies to improve our educational plant? Which is more important?
The FNM means well, I am sure, but the proverbial road to Hell has always been paved with good intentions. The record of the PLP is, sadly, no better and the embryonic DNA has yet to offer a realistic and comprehensive plan of its own.
Here in the capital we need at least four brand new state-of-the-art primary and high schools.
The College of The Bahamas needs to be urgently expanded and better trained faculty members need to be recruited. The amenities at that institution are of third world quality and are in dire need of upgrading if it is to evolve into the University of The Bahamas.
The apparent 'dumbing' down of our students and the failure to address the overt decay of our educational plant is wrecking our overall society. Graduates are not equipped with appropriate skills and qualifications for the job market, and are relegated to menial employment and the catch all construction jobs. Mind you, there is dignity in any kind of work, but with a minimal income a person's future horizons are restricted. The middle class as we used to know it will become a thing of the past.
The average dropout and those who would not have even bothered to graduate are then obliged to eke out a miserable living from petty crime, drug dealing and/or prostitution. Jail, in far too many cases, becomes a revolving door and a tertiary level 'institution' of higher and dubious learning, where the 'graduates' become a clear and present menace to society at large, inclusive of themselves.
I call for more state-of-the-art school buildings, and a more relevant regime of learning and instructions. We are in urgent need, I submit, of additional trade schools with the necessary resources and well-trained instructors. Students who are academically inclined should be steered in that direction. Others who are good at the trades should be encouraged to pursue the same. We need to stop lumping all of our students in one basket.
With the approach of yet another cycle of bombastic elections, I doubt that the current administration will come up with any bold and innovative solutions. Not only does it not have the money but it lacks, in my view, the visionary zeal and/or prophet to bring about the same. The PLP, as usual, talks a good talk but in opposition it is easy to say one thing. The true test comes when one holds the reins of governance.
With some 90 odd alleged homicides for the year, so far, it should be clear to all that the socialization of our nation is in grave danger. While our collective Neroes fiddle, the country is fast imploding. Crime and the fear of the same have literally paralysed and stunted the economic and cultural growth of the nation.
In a few months time our current crop of leaders, in one or both cases, will be a part of our political past. You and I, however, if The Lord continues to tarry, will be left holding the proverbial and possibly empty bag. Despite this dismal prospect, however, to God be the glory in all things.
ORTLAND H. BODIE JR.
Washington, DC - The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Josť Miguel Insulza, met today with the Minister of Education of Bahamas, Desmond Bannister, with whom he shared perspectives on the
challenges in the area of education and the support the hemispheric Organization offers students in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Also present at the meeting, held in the office of Secretary General Insulza in Washington, DC, were the Permanent Representative of Bahamas to the OAS, Ambassador Cornelius Smith, and the Director of the OAS Department of Human Development, Education and Culture, Marie Levens.
In particular, those present talked about the OAS scholarship program...
Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, January 7th,
2013 the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable
Jerome Kennedy Fitzgerald, along with Senior Executives from his Ministry
presented the country's Leader Prime Minister the Rt. Honourable Perry
G. Christie with the Ministry's blue print
entitled "A Shared Vision for Education 2030."
The document suggests changes in the structure of the Ministry and Department
of Education to not only ensure accountability within the system but
also to take account of the 21st century demands of a relevant Educational
The Department of Education is faced with many challenges: some relate to managerial mismanagement as reported recently in the press, others to the poor academic record of its students and even the failure to date to present a credible 10-year plan to address the latter.
I have listened to the arguments of the people who oppose gambling and I am amazed.
I am a regular visitor to Florida - as we all are - and I play the Florida Lotto whenever I am there. I am always amazed at how well it is run.
The other day I went on its website just to take a look. It has a section informing people as to how much it has given to education since the lotto began. In fiscal year 2011-2012, according to the organization, the Florida Lottery transferred more than $1.31 billion to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. And for the 10th time in the lottery's 24-year history it surpassed the billion-dollar mark in a single year. The lottery's total contribution since it was started is more than $24 billion to education.
Here in The Bahamas we have a chronic D-average in our schools when it comes to our national exams. Our Nassau schools do particularly poorly. We need to revamp this system and we need the money to do so. We need to legalize the numbers business so we can use some of the money derived from taxing it to invest in our young people.
All of the people around here scaring the Bahamian people with non-sense about how numbers will destroy the country need to stop being silly. I don't know why these people are getting so worked up. I have been playing the lottery in Florida when I travel there for decades and it has not destroyed me. I also know people in The Bahamas who have played numbers here for decades and it has not destroyed them.
I want my children to be able to have the best education possible. I want our athletes to have the best opportunities possible. With taxing the numbers business we can add money to these positive initiatives.
I hope we all remember that this is a simple issue and do not get confused by the noise in the market. Gambling is common all over the world. It doesn't destroy countries. And it is wise to tax it and get something back from it to help in national development.
- J.V. Smith
Minister of Education, the Hon. Desmond Bannister, announced the third annual National Careers Awareness Month (NCAM) slated for the month of October. The event will span the duration of the month of October and will feature a variety of events and activities.
Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald yesterday denied a claim by former Minister of Education Desmond Bannister that he mishandled school repair contracts over the summer, leaving some Family Island schools "neglected".