Over 130 delegates turned up on day two of the education conference to commemorate Teachers’ Day under the theme ‘Towards Quality Education for All’, where there were five discussion topics on the agenda.
The topics included embracing ICT for quality education, inclusive education, teaching for sustainable development, public and private partnership, and my education, my responsibility.
These sessions were facilitated by the Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands project manager Caroline Koa Wing; the inclusive education manager at International School of Seychelles (ISS) Yolandi Roux; the international education consultant from Geneva Dr Joshua Muskin; the chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Marco Francis, and the project manager of the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) Loni Adeline.
Present during the presentations was the Minister for Education Macsuzy Mondon, the principal secretary for early childhood, primary and secondary education Merida Delcy, teachers, school council members, ministry of education officers, parent teacher association (PTA) members, students, among other guests.
After the sessions each group had a presentation on their topic followed by a plenary session.
PS Delcy said the ideas and recommendations that were put forward by the conference delegates will be used to enrich policies and strategies that are already in place such as the medium-term strategic plan.
“These discussions are very important and contributing factors towards quality of education. For instance we wanted the teachers to have a common understanding of what is quality for a sustainable development and this would come only through discussions. We also wanted our students to reflect on their role in education through ‘my education, my responsibility’. What is it that they can do as students in order to perform better? What are their responsibilities as students?” Mrs Delcy pointed out.
“What we want the students and teachers to do when they go back to school is to share; as it is a working day we cannot have all teachers in the conference room as this a conference that started today but will not stop today,” she added.
She also noted that today past teachers are invited back to the schools to give a helping hand according to their expertise and the schools’ needs.
“In view of the fact that they used to be a teacher and have left the profession or they have retired, they are invited back to get the warm feeling of being able to educate the children again,” she said.
Source : Seychelles NATION