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UWI-FDCRCs 2nd Annual international Study Visit 2012

For Release Upon Receipt - May 4, 2012

St. Augustine

The Family Development & Children’s Research Centre (FDCRC) at The UWI’s St. Augustine Campus, hosted its “2nd Annual International Study Visit” (ISV) from April 11th to 13th 2012 at the Buccoo Integrated Facility, Buccoo, Tobago.

The event, which was themed ‘Learning through Nature,’ attracted 62 regional participants including Early Years Educators, Child Care Centre Administrators and Early Childhood Teachers from Mexico, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Participants learnt how to use nature to support curricular goals; identify children and adult roles in outdoor learning environments; to design an Early Years curriculum that emphasizes multiple intelligences and addresses students with disabilities (both physical and mental); as well as to promote preservation, protection and restoration of natural environments and understand the essentials, ethics and principles of Permaculture. At the end of the visit, they were encouraged to join the UWI-FDCRC’s Caribbean Research Collaborative, an educator research community, in order to continue early years’ research in the region.

Attendees included Claudette Austin of School of Education in Guyana; Presella Maria Young-A-Fat and Roline Francoise Bottse, teachers from the Ministry of Education in Suriname; Orville London, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly; Whitney Alfred, Secretary of Tobago Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport and Dr. Verleen Bobb-Lewis, Coordinator, School Supervision, Tobago. Representing The UWI were Dr. Sabeerah Abdul-Majid, Coordinator of Bachelor of Education and ECCE at School of Education and Professor Funso Aiyejina, Dean of Humanities and Education and Professor of Literatures in English and African & Asian Studies.

The ISV was sponsored by the Ministry of Education, The University of the West Indies, UNICEF and the Tobago House of Assembly.

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