Jamaica To Host Education Summit In February 2014

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The Jamaican Diaspora Education Task Force has joined forces with the Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA) to stage the first education summit between February 18 and 21, 2014. The summit, which will be in two phases, will kick-off in Montego Bay and bring together over 300 individuals from throughout the education sector in Western Jamaica, as well as representatives from overseas. According to Diaspora board representative for the Midwest USA, Leo Gilling, the main objective of the summit is to discuss ways to improve education in Jamaica, understand the goals of each organization that advocates for education, identify their projects, determine any overlap or duplication, recognize gaps, and leverage past successes. Educators and representatives from various alumni and Diaspora organizations from institutions across the USA, Canada and England are expected to participate in the summit. In addition, principals, teachers, administrators, counselors, student council executives, members of the parent teachers associations and representatives from the ministry of education will attend. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites will declare the summit open and deliver the keynote address.