Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Reflections...

Interviewed today by Basia Pioro, Cayman Free Press
Taking part in another press interview today really gave me cause to reflect on just how much we have achieved in the education transformation journey in the Cayman Islands.
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There is no other country that has set such a challanging and ambitious target to change every aspect of the education journey at one time. Being centrally involved in this process from the very start has been just an awesome experience - challenging, but great fun. Many times I have told people that I honestly believed my job to be one of the best in education in the world.
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Often we have been so busy 'doing' and evaluating progress, that we forget just how much progress has been achieved and how things were before we started.
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The key words for this national exercise have been: vision, determination, commitment, challenge, holistic, energy, coordination, timing, interfacing and facilitation. At this stage there really is tangible evidence of improvement in so many areas!
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Although the journey will never be complete (as review, evaluation and change will be ongoing), the Cayman story is a great example of how the political will and determination of the Minister of Education, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, with a fantastic team of people, led by the dynamic and inspirational Permanent Secretary and Chief Officer Mrs Angela Martins, really can make things happen.

This is a remarkable story focussing entirely on the desire to produce bright, engaged, collaborative life long learners. Isn't that what we are about?
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