The LASCO/Ministry of Education (MoE) Principal of the Year 2015-2016, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith launched her Primary Level Educational Study Tour Programme on Monday, November 7 at the Ministry of Education Youth and Information’s Central Office. The initiative is dubbed “The LMW Study Tour” for students at the Grade 4 level and aims to develop 21st century skills such as: life, learning and literacy skills in students at the Jamaican Primary Education Level,
This will be achieved through school exchange visits and workshops along with sharing information through virtual presentations, island-wide tours and participation in the Microsoft Global Enterprise Challenge.
The LMW Study Tour is fondly named in honour of Mrs. Lorna Mae Welsh, retired Territorial Education Officer and Quality Education Circle 11 Convener, whose passion it was to see her group of schools working well together.
With The LMW Study Tour, Mrs. Crooks-Smith hopes to positively impact not only the participating students but her fellow educators.
“Indeed, my hope is that the programme will transform the students into junior broadcasters, engineers, producers, bloggers and other social media writers,” stated the LASCO/MoE Principal of the Year. “One of my main aims, though, 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 concluded.
The target group in the first phase will be students at the Grade 4 level in two public and two private schools from four different locations: Allman Town, Liguanea, Craighton and Hope Road. Academically, a study tour and project based approach will be used to execute the Social Studies, Science and Language Arts Curriculum for these students of Grade 4.
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 and experience what it is like to learn in each other’s environs. It also guides the students’ appreciation of the geographical, historical and economical value of various communities while examining the numerous social issues affecting them and other residents. Furthermore, participants will 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 currently sponsored by LASCO and Nationwide Express Tours, and is fully endorsed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Information. It will receive support from a management team inclusive of Dr. Paulette Francis McGregor, Principal of Liguanea Prep; Mr. Dennis Davis, Principal of Craighton Primary; Mrs. Rennia Edwards White, Principal of Unity Prep; Rev Ronald Thwaites, MP and Media Mentor; Mr. Oniel Smith, Technical and Studio Engineering Support; Mr. Keith Samuda, School Board Chair; Renee Rose, LASCO Distributors Brand Manager; and Mr. Orlando Dillon, Founder of KiDz HuB Media Network. Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Nickashie Hardware will also participate as an instructor for Language Arts, once the students make the journey to St. Ann.