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2.6.4. Education for Better Living / Training in Basic Skills

During the period under review, many programmes were put in place to foster Education for Better Living. Some of the notable ones were:-

    1. Project Smart Choice 1995 – 1998 (Antigua’ School Health Project)
    2. Parenting Programme
    3. The Health and Family Life Education Project
    4. Project Smart Choice – Health Education Unit Activities
    5. Media Programmes

EVALUATION

There has been no formal analysis of the broadcast policy. However, the public has stated the following:

There needs to be more educational information programming on radio and television and in the newspapers.

The public appreciates the competitive programmes produced by the Ministry of Education.

With the exception of the news, most individuals now tune into cable television and satellite programmes and so do not benefit from the local broadcasts.

There has been a positive response to the public service announcements and social mobilization campaigns put on by the various Ministries.

Training In Essential Skills

In Antigua and Barbuda, its people are its most precious and valuable resource. We are key to its progress; if this developing country is to be visible in this age of advanced science and technology, our people must of necessity be fully prepared committed to the developmental task.

To achieve this laudable goal –

During the period under review, training in essential skills was mainly done via the formal and non-formal sections of the education system.

In the formal school system, students were exposed to some basic life skills for example, decision-making, conflict resolution and communication. These skills were mainly done using the infusion method in most subject areas.

In the non-formal sector, young people were exposed to various essential skills training in:-

Young people who were members of organisations such as Crusaders, Pathfinders, Girl Guides and Boys Scouts, worked deligently towards badges and medals. It is important to note that rewards encouraged participation.

The home, the school and other civic organistions played meaningful roles in providing necessary training in essential skills.

There was youth participation in several activities which enhanced special skills – for example – Youth Parliament. The planned activities enhanced special skills in Parliamentary procedures and debating. That activity proved very informative and exciting.

Although there are no emperical evidences, the comments from parents, members of the society and the participants themselves have been quite commendable and encouraging. They include:-

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