49 public school administrators graduate from the Institute for Educational Leadership Programme
Published: Jun 05, 2013
Forty-nine public school administrators from Abaco, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Inagua, Long Island and New Providence have a little more understanding of what it takes to be an educational leader.
The administrators graduated from the Institute for Educational Leadership Programme during a recent pinning and graduation ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, hosted by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in partnership with The College of The Bahamas.
The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, addressed the graduates and described the cohort as a cadre of talented and committed men and women who are making great sacrifices for the development of the youth of the nation.
He told them that education begins and ends with leadership and that many changes have occurred which require a certain degree of resolve, skills and foresight for future development to take place.
Minister Fitzgerald challenged the administrators to use their new found knowledge and skills to reach out and make a positive change in the lives of those students who have been marginalized, forgotten or are falling through the cracks.
“As leaders in the school system, we must ensure first and foremost that children possess the skills set necessary to get a job or further their education and transition into society seamlessly. They must be able to read, write, do basic math and engage in conflict resolution,” said Fitzgerald.
The minister applauded the accomplishments of the graduates and informed them that more emphasis will be placed on training in the education ministry.
He also said that the Mabel Walker Primary School would become the site for the newly proposed Professional Development Institute. The institute is expected to offer a variety of relevant and effective professional development activities and resources that are based on agreed performance standards and competencies.
The IEL program was launched in February 2007 actualizing the ministry’s mission to make leadership training accessible to all serving and aspiring public school administrators. To date, 312 administrators have successfully completed this eight modular certificate course.
Present at the ceremony were Lionel Sands, director of education; Ross Smith, deputy director of education with responsibility for curriculum development and instruction; Dr. Ruth Sumner, dean of social and educational studies at The College of The Bahamas; Dr. Pandora Johnson, associate professor in the School of Education, The College of The Bahamas and Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, chairperson of the School of Education, The College of The Bahamas.