Education

GGYA Celebrates the Life, Legacy of Founder
GGYA Celebrates the Life, Legacy of Founder

April 12, 2021

He was a champion of young people worldwide and instrumental in the growth of the Governor’s General Youth Award, one of the nation’s most popular after school programmes for non-formal education and learning.

Across The Bahamas today, 729 participants, 124 volunteers, 42 units, the national office, council and Board of Trustees marked the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. He was at the Queen's side for more than 60 years. He died at Windsor Castle Friday morning.

Sixty-five years ago, Prince Philip established The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the United Kingdom.

Since then, it’s been rolled out in more than 130 countries and territories, empowering millions of young people to build the skills, confidence and resilience they need to support their communities and be ready for the world.

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Schemia Major captures YRE national competition
Schemia Major captures YRE national competition

April 12, 2021

St. Anne’s School student Schemia Major is the winner of the 2021 Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) national competition and has earned the opportunity to represent The Bahamas in the 2022 Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) international YRE competition.

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IMS Makes Tech Donation to Bimini Promotes Maritime Careers
IMS Makes Tech Donation to Bimini & Promotes Maritime Careers

April 07, 2021

As learning environments around the country continue to adapt virtually due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, educators and administrators alike are struggling to provide students with the best possible learning advantages. Recently, the students of the Louise McDonald High School, on the island of Bimini, were given the opportunity to join that digital age courtesy of one of the country’s leading independent marine pilot firms: Independent Maritime Services (IMS).

Since becoming licensed by the Ministry of Transport and the Port Department of The Bahamas to operate and pilot vessels in the Greater Bimini Area including Ocean Cay, the company and its team of trained and qualified pilots have made it their goal to make a difference in and around the surrounding communities. As part of that effort, the company donated 15 new tablets to the school, giving the students access to the tools needed to prepare them for life in a technology-driven society.

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BTVI Academic Dean to Receive International Award
BTVI Academic Dean to Receive International Award

April 07, 2021

Academic Dean at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Dr. Pleshette McPhee, will be receiving the Excellence in Education Award to be conferred by the Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) this summer.

The award will be presented to Dr. McPhee at the second edition of the GFEL conference to be held in Las Vegas in June. During the three-day conference, EdTech innovators, thought leaders and academicians, who are adding significant value to the global education sector, will converge to lead, empower and improve the means of education transmittal.

According to Dr. McPhee’s scorecard, she averaged 84.2% in five categories. This was based on her answers and the awards committee’s research. The areas included, but were not limited to overall impact on the industry, spirit of innovation and future readiness.

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Union says pupils not ready to sit exams
Union says pupils not ready to sit exams

April 07, 2021

WITH national examinations scheduled to begin next week, the head of the Bahamas Union of Teachers says some students are currently "inadequately prepared" to sit the tests.

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CBC to Award 2021 Carleton W. Williams Scholarship Winner
CBC to Award 2021 Carleton W. Williams Scholarship Winner

March 30, 2021

The Caribbean Bottling Company (Bahamas) Ltd. (CBC) will once again select one exceptionally bright Grand Bahama primary school student to receive the Carleton W. Williams Scholarship. The six year award, which allows the recipient to pursue their studies at the high school of their choice, has allowed seven other talented, young Bahamian students to continue their education.

The 2021 recipient will join last year’s winner, Angela Sands, 2019 recipient Gabriel Hall, 2018 recipients Kennedi Knowles and Anajah Culmer, 2017 recipient Kailena Pinder, and 2016 scholarship winners, D’Ron & T’Ron Strapp. Each year, the scholarship review panel alternates between selecting a student from Garvin Tynes Primary School in New Providence and a student from Grand Bahaha.

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Minister says student arrest 'unfortunate'
Minister says student arrest 'unfortunate'

March 29, 2021

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd called the arrest of a 14-year-old student who allegedly brought marijuana infused Rice Krispies cereal to school "unfortunate".

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Educators Complete BTVI Advanced Technical Training
Educators Complete BTVI Advanced Technical Training

March 22, 2021

One hundred and sixty two Ministry of Education teachers, staff and administrators recently completed advanced technical training at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI). The courses included, but were not limited to Instructional Materials, Teaching Online, Entrepreneurship, Microsoft PowerPoint, Introduction to Python, JavaScript, Microsoft Word and Internet Fundamentals. The courses were virtual and included 54 participants from nine family islands.

They collectively earned over 560 digital badges. BTVI’s digital badges are managed by City and Guilds of London via DigitalMe. The badges are stored on Credly – considered as the world’s most trusted credential network in the blockchain.

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SILENT KILLER SPREADS - Deadly Coral Disease Out of Sight, Out of Mind for Many
SILENT KILLER SPREADS - Deadly Coral Disease Out of Sight, Out of Mind for Many

March 16, 2021

First verified in The Bahamas a year ago, the deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) continues to plague Bahamian waters, traveling up to 50 meters (55 yards) per day, killing hundreds of corals in its wake.
Specifically, scientists from the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) have confirmed the presence of SCTLD on reefs off Grand Bahama, New Providence and North Eleuthera. Early assessments done by PIMS suggest that some species are more susceptible than others; brain corals, for example, are particularly susceptible to infection and often die within weeks.

“The reality is, the disease is spreading and it’s spreading very fast,” said Dr Valeria Pizarro, a coral reef specialist and senior scientist at PIMS. “If we lose those species which build up coral reefs, we might lose coral reefs in the long term with profound ecological impacts,” she said.

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MARCH 2021: World Sleep Day
MARCH 2021: World Sleep Day

March 15, 2021

World Sleep Society is issuing a global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep. Friday, March 19, 2021 is the 14th annual World Sleep Day®. Created and hosted by World Sleep Society, World Sleep Day (WSD) is an internationally recognized awareness event bringing researchers, health professionals and patients together to recognize sleep and its important impact on our health.

World Sleep Day 2021 will incorporate the slogan, ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future,' highlighting sleep's important place as a pillar of health, allowing for a healthier future thanks to regular, quality sleep.

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C. W. Sawyer Primary School Temporarily Relocating to University of The Bahamas
C. W. Sawyer Primary School Temporarily Relocating to University of The Bahamas

March 11, 2021

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and University of The Bahamas (UB) have forged a pivotal partnership which will facilitate the resumption of face-to-face classes for students of the C. W. Sawyer Primary School, affording them the experience of learning in a university environment.

Effective Monday, 15th March 2021, C.W. Sawyer students, teachers and administrators will be accommodated in the C, D, E, F, G, and S blocks at the University’s Oakes Field Campus until June 2021. School personnel will have access to UB’s Wi-Fi, and supervised access to open spaces and other facilities to support their educational and operational objectives.

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UB Executive Vice President Awarded Prestigious Global Engineering Award
UB Executive Vice President Awarded Prestigious Global Engineering Award

March 09, 2021

University of Colorado Boulder’s Mortenson Center in Global Engineering has awarded University of The Bahamas (UB) Executive Vice President Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy, PhD, the 2021 Global Engineering Humanitarian Award, in recognition of his contributions to ensuring access to basic services such as water, sanitation, energy, shelter and infrastructure.

This newest honour notification follows the award of the 2021 ASME Ben C. Sparks Medal which is due later this month.

Both awards are crowning career achievements to date for Professor Al-Zubaidy; his career in education and in the practical application of science and engineering spans 40 years.

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Anatol Rodgers Students, Preparing for Entrepreneurship
Anatol Rodgers Students, Preparing for Entrepreneurship

March 05, 2021

Hospitality and Tourism students at Anatol Rodgers School are being prepared for the working world.

The high school students got first hand lessons and experiences from entrepreneurs who own local businesses ranging from gourmet popsicles, clothing, eye lashes and finance during a virtual seminar Wednesday.

The school joins public schools throughout the island as they celebrate Career and Technical Education month to the theme “Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Career and Technical Education: Teachers Inspiring Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs.”

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LCIS Celebrates Opening of Gateway Building at New Upper School Campus
LCIS Celebrates Opening of Gateway Building at New Upper School Campus

March 05, 2021

Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) recently celebrated the opening of the Gateway Building at its new Upper School campus. The building is part of Phase 1 of the Upper School project which has seen the school expand to two campuses just 1 kilometre and a 7-minute walk apart.

To further achieve the school’s mission for students of all ages, in 2014, the LCIS Board of Directors and Governors made a strategic decision to purchase a tract of land in close proximity to the Lower School and adjacent to the St Paul’s sports field already in use by the school. A visionary master plan for both campuses was finalised and a generous group of community donors came together to take the first step in what has become the most significant development in the recent history of LCIS.

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Bahamas Society Of Engineers BETA Camp Spark Young Imaginations To Celebrate National Engineers Week
Bahamas Society Of Engineers & BETA Camp Spark Young Imaginations To Celebrate National Engineers Week

February 24, 2021

With the support of the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) and Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement Camp (BETA Camp), Bahamian students are getting a personal look at how engineers create the world that has never been. From February 22 – 27, BSE is observing National Engineers Week by hosting a series of presentations for public and private school students across the country in partnership with BETA Camp and The Bahamas Ministry of Education.

This unique digital event, which was launched under the theme “Imagining Tomorrow,” is introducing primary and secondary school students to different branches of the engineering profession and the many subdisciplines in which they can specialize. Each presentation features a Bahamian engineer teaching students and educators about what engineering is all about, what it takes to become an engineer, and what engineers do. Through the facilitation of the Ministry of Education, 15 Bahamian engineers will make 22 presentations to primary and high school students from 27 participating schools this week. Three of the presenters are engineers from the Ministry of Works.

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Smooth transition to face-to-face learning at Eva Hilton Primary School
Smooth transition to face-to-face learning at Eva Hilton Primary School

February 23, 2021

All hands were on deck at Eva Hilton Primary School, Tuesday, for the first day of ‘in-person learning’ using the hybrid method. Representatives of Urban Renewal, the Parent-Teacher Association, the School Board, teachers and administrators assisted with the transition as students returned to the Gregory Street campus.

“For the first day we were able to get through quite smoothly,” said Principal Jermaine Butler.

“The kids have been prepped at home and in sessions, and they know what the expectations should be.”

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BTVI Recruits Students Virtually
BTVI Recruits Students Virtually

February 18, 2021

In a move to recruit students for the fall semester, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently held a virtual open house, welcoming prospective students to experience the institution from the comfort of their own homes.

It was the second general interactive open house since COVID-19 hit. Specific program areas such as Construction and Information Technology have also held several virtual open houses, which have been successful. In addition, BTVI has partnered with several international schools to host virtual open houses, inclusive of Valencia College, Holland College and Georgia State University.

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Ministry of Tourism Aviation Statement on Outstanding Industrial Agreement Payments to Airport Authority Employees
Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Statement on Outstanding Industrial Agreement Payments to Airport Authority Employees

February 16, 2021

The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, which has ministerial responsibility for the Airport Authority, is aware of concerns being raised by Airport Authority employees through their Union, the Bahamas Public Services Union, about certain sums of money to be paid as a part of the Industrial Agreement. The Government of The Bahamas has agreed to pay all outstanding monies owed to the Airport Authority employees over a 6 month period commencing the March 2021 pay-period.

The Ministry has remained fully committed to honouring all agreed terms of the Industrial Agreement, and this has been communicated. The current financial constraints we face as a result of Covid-19 and its impact on our economy did not make it possible to honour these payments, and we ask for the continued patience of the Airport Authority and its employees as we rebuild our economy stronger and continue to demonstrate our promise to protecting jobs.

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FEBRUARY 2021: Celebrating National Condom Week
FEBRUARY 2021: Celebrating National Condom Week

February 12, 2021

From February 14-21 we celebrate National Condom Week; the perfect reason to talk to those around you about the importance of using condoms to prevent both STIs and unplanned pregnancies. Because only internal or external condoms protect from both. When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective.

Available everywhere from bathroom vending machines to drug stores, from health centers to the internet, and next to the register at the convenience store down the street, condoms are a bright spot of accessibility in the world of birth control. And, in addition to being easy to find, on average they cost only $1 to $2 per condom. Many health centers even provide them for free!

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Schools to reopen February 22 Says Minister Lloyd
Schools to reopen February 22 Says Minister Lloyd

February 11, 2021

The government is aiming to reopen public schools on New Providence, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera on February 22, according to Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd.

“I’ve said someplace that the target is February 22,” Lloyd told reporters outside the House of Assembly yesterday.

“But, our position is that we have to do it as a phased reopening. Some schools are going to be ready earlier than others; some as early as next week might be and some are later.

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