3rd Meeting of The Council of Ministers of Education

3rd Meeting of The Council of Ministers of Education

Improving educational outcomes across the OECS

The 3rd Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education was held in Martinique under the theme ‘Equity and Access’ from February 27 – 28, 2018. The meeting was intended to provide opportunities for policy makers to agree on strategies and actions to advance the education development agenda of the OECS in keeping with the OECS Sector Strategy (OESS) and share experiences and innovative ideas towards overall growth of education in the region.

High on the agenda were the impact of disasters on the education sector and the issues of schools’ response to disasters. Student performance and teacher quality were also major issues discussed. Ministers benefitted from knowledge exchange experiences with Martinique, where they gained insights into key education programmes that can open doors to education opportunities in Martinique and Europe for English-speaking OECS citizens.

In attendance were the Executive Councillor (Education) of Martinique and Ministers of Education from OECS territories.

Among the major decisions stemming from this meeting were:

  • Developing design guidelines for construction of disaster resilient schools
  • Prioritizing Disaster Risk Reduction in Education in order to develop skills of resilience in children and adolescents
  • Adopting a model for accommodating and tracking students in post-disaster and emergency situations
  • Facilitating the establishment of the Caribbean Mathematics Monitoring Group
  • Strengthening cooperation with Martinique for increased exchanges and improved opportunities for students of Martinique and the English-speaking OECS territories.
   This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.5: Drive Key Economic Priorities.
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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