Is Bajan Government Sidelining Teacher Unions From Covid 19 Discussions?

In the absence of a plausible explanation from authorities, the Barbados Union of Teachers president described the ministry’s decision to bypass the unions and speak directly to their members, as an underhanded attempt to “divide and rule”. On Monday, the BUT, along with the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), and the Association of Public Primary School Principals (APPSP) held fast to their belief that Government’s “unilateral” decisions were “disrespectful”.

Empowering Civil Society to Address Tobago’s Development Needs

A problem to be taken up for solution is that Tobagonian civil society - rather than operating as individual silos, fragmented and atomized, doing their own thing - needs to be activated and empowered as such. Working out how to empower the civil society with decision making power is a big challenge.

Teacher Shirley Bobb-Phillips Excels Through Determination as a Champion of the Voiceless

Mrs. Shirley Bobb-Phillips is a multifaceted personality. Those who get close enough to know her personally often wonder where she finds the time, energy and will for effective involvement in so many things. It may not be generally known that she is an excellent and charismatic motivational speaker and has been engaged by religious organizations, Parent Teachers Associations, schools at all levels and corporate bodies to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise in leadership. This attribute has undoubtedly been a contributing factor to her ability to inspire and motivate so many pupils into achieving high levels of success.

Mental Health and COVID-19

Dr. Valda Henry Mental Health is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a “State of mental well-being in which people cope well with the many stresses of life, can realise their own potential, can function productively and fruitfully, and are able to contribute to their communities.”[1]  The United Nations warns that the coronavirus … Continue reading Mental Health and COVID-19

The Right To a Socialised Education

By A.T. Freeman Even before the Covid 19 crisis the right to education at a high level - with first class standards, equipment, facilities and resources - had been compromised by neoliberalism and the disastrous effects of financial cutbacks and the austerity programme. Trinidad and Tobago(TT) has not been immune from the effects of this … Continue reading The Right To a Socialised Education