Included in the millennium development goals are the achievement of universal primary education, the elimination of gender disparity at all levels of the education system by 2015, the integration of the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and to make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications. To what extent has we in the English –speaking Caribbean met these goals? In fact where are we going in education?
There is no doubt that we see education as a key agent for transformation. Education is expected to make a difference to the lives of individuals from the most gifted to the most deprived and excluded, creating opportunities for self fulfilment, for social mobility and the achievement of equity goals. To this end access to education has been greatly expanded, but quality education remains elusive. We often blame this on resistance to change and clinging to traditional practices which retard rather than energise the forces of change. to a lack of resources, poor leadership, inadequately trained teachers and impoverished environments both in schools and in the homes. But is it also due to the absence of rational analysis, reflection and creative imagination and data-driven decision –making?
How can we redouble our efforts to make a difference through education a so that our young people inherit a better future.
These are the sort of issues which will be addressed in this conference .The University of the West Indies has a School of Education on each of its campuses at Mona in Kingston, Jamaica, at St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago and at Cave Hill in Barbados. Each School takes it in turn to host a conference on Education every two years. 2011 is the turn of the School of Education on the Mona campus. From initially involving only the three Schools, over the years this conference has evolved to include intern but we have also attracted participation from Asia and Australia.
The conference will be held from June 15-17 2011 and will cover the following sub-themes.