Prin­ci­pal of the Year launches pri­mary-level study tour

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY - Keisha Hill Gleaner Writer

KANDI-LEE CROOKSSMITH, LASCO/ Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Prin­ci­pal of the Year 2015-2016, has launched her Pri­mary Level Ed­u­ca­tional Study Tour Pro­gramme, dubbed The LMW Study Tour for stu­dents at the grade-four level.

For Crooks-Smith, the aim is to de­velop life, learn­ing and lit­er­acy skills in stu­dents at the pri­mary school level. This, she said will be achieved through school ex­change vis­its and work­shops along with shar­ing in­for­ma­tion through vir­tual pre­sen­ta­tions, is­land­wide tours and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Mi­crosoft Global En­ter­prise Chal­lenge.

The LMW Study Tour is named in hon­our of Lorna Mae Welsh, re­tired ter­ri­to­rial ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer and Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion Cir­cle 11 con­vener, whose pas­sion was to see her group of schools work­ing well to­gether.

With The LMW Study Tour, Crooks-Smith hopes to pos­i­tively im­pact not only the par­tic­pat­ing stu­dents, but her fel­low ed­u­ca­tors.

ASPIRATION

“My hope is that the pro­gramme will trans­form the stu­dents into ju­nior broad­cast­ers, engi­neers, pro­duc­ers, blog­gers and other so­cial-me­dia writ­ers,” she said.

“One of my main aims is to change the pre­con­ceived notion of what a class­room is and by ex­am­ple ex­pand the pos­si­bil­i­ties of learn­ing for our chil­dren. There is no doubt that the way our chil­dren are learn­ing is chang­ing, and as ed­u­ca­tors, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to also adapt to en­sure our chil­dren re­ceive the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble,” Crooks-Smith added.

The tar­get group in the first phase will be stu­dents at the grade-four level in two pub­lic and two pri­vate schools from four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions – All­man Town, Liguanea, Craighton and Hope Road. Also, a study tour and project-based ap­proach will be used to ex­e­cute the so­cial stud­ies, sci­ence and lan­guage arts cur­ric­ula for th­ese stu­dents.

The cul­tural im­pact of the pro­gramme, how­ever, may be even greater in its abil­ity to cre­ate a safe space for stu­dents in the pub­lic and pri­vate-school set­tings to in­ter­face with and ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to learn in each other’s en­vi­rons.

It will also guide the stu­dents’ ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ge­o­graph­i­cal, his­tor­i­cal and eco­nomic value of var­i­ous communities while ex­am­in­ing the nu­mer­ous so­cial is­sues af­fect­ing them and other res­i­dents. Par­tic­i­pants will also be given the op­por­tu­nity to have their voices heard as they en­gage in the KiDz HuB Me­dia Net­work’s Lit­er­acy Skills Train­ing Pro­gramme.

The LMW Study Tour is spon­sored by LASCO and Na­tion­wide Ex­press Tours, and is fully en­dorsed by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Youth and In­for­ma­tion.

CON­TRIB­UTED

LASCO/Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Prin­ci­pal of the Year 2015-2016, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, shakes hands with op­er­a­tions and mar­ket­ing man­ager of Na­tion­wide Ex­press Tours Floyd Muir­head.

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