Monday, 4 February 2008

People really do want to know about our 21st century education tranformation..


At a public art display this weekend we put up a whole display about the education transformation work that we are undertaking in the Cayman Islands. We hoped that at least some people would stop by for a look even though it was not the art they had come to see.
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Overwhelmed by the number of people that came by really describes how it went. There were far more people interested than we expected, and surprisingly a great deal of interest from visitors to the island who were educators from around the world. (I hope that the rush of people were genuinely interested and not just after the 'goody bags' we were also giving away, which contained all our recent publications plus the usual pens, mouse mats, fridge magnets etc.)
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Equally rewarding however were the numerous comments about how good the transformation was, how overdue it was and how delighted they were that this Minister was so passionate about improving the system for every student!
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Many of the people who picked up details had not seen them before despite all our commuincation efforts, through leaflets, blogs etc. This exhibition day really helped spread the word about what we are trying to do to position our education system to prepare our students to fully integrate into the 21st century global workforce. We repeat this exercise again later this week at the hugely popular Agricultural Show which takes place on our Ash Wednesday public holiday.
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The more people from all aspects of the community engaged in our education system the better for the long term development of this country.

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