EDUCATION, School

University Of The West Indies Forms Strategic Alliance…

With Organization Of American States in citizenship education

The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Organization of American States (OAS) recently signed a Partnership Program on Citizenship Education at the UWI’S Mona Campus.

Photo Credit: University Of The West Indies,
Photo Credit: University Of The West Indies.

This relationship is aimed at advancing the quality and diversity of higher level educational programs on the Mona campus as well as promotes the core ideals of the OAS through the Peace Leaders Program.

The program is a strategic link between the youth program in the Department of Government which promotes the principles of good governance in high schools across Jamaica and access to online material of the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices (EDUCADEM).

In addition, the OAS will provide technical assistance by staging a series of workshops on citizenship education that covers EDUCADEM and the OAS Peace Leaders Programs as well as partnering with UWI to replicate its Governance Society model throughout the Americas.

Secretary General of the OAS Luis Almagro is upbeat about the partnership and has posited that the training will contribute to the current efforts of UWI’s Governance Society to develop an innovative and student-centered curriculum.

“This will also empower young leaders and thinkers to fully engage in public and social discourses while creating opportunities for others,” Almagro noted.

The OAS will support the UWI Governance Society by providing access to online material of the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices (EDUCADEM), technical assistance through capacity strengthening workshops in citizenship education including EDUCADEM, and the OAS Peace Leaders Program; and partnering with UWI to replicate the Governance Society model throughout the Americas.

On the other hand, UWI will assist the OAS in adapting the Peace Leaders Program to the Caribbean reality and incorporating the OAS’ key concepts on democracy and good governance into the Peace Leaders Program and in the Governance Society curriculum and manual.

Professor Archibald McDonald, Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor of UWI, noted that the commitment will allow students to better understand the ever changing geopolitical climate of the international community, especially with borders becoming more fluid.

“The knowledge and expertise shared will equip students with unique learning opportunities from an international perspective,” Professor McDonald said.

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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