SUMMA and UWI sign agreement to improve initial teacher training

30 June 2022
Credit: KIX LAC

In the city of Bridgetown, Barbados, a meeting was held to sign a collaboration agreement between SUMMA and the University of the West Indies (UWI), to implement a project to update the initial teacher training program in the Caribbean, with the financial support of the International Development Research Centre. The agreement emphasizes the importance of responding to the demands of the 21st century in terms of skills, knowledge, and dispositions of particular relevance to the Caribbean region, such as the use of technology, resilience, the relationship with the environment, inclusion, and the specific characteristics and cultures in Caribbean classrooms. It also encourages incorporating feedback from students, collaborative learning and the development of metacognition.

UWI, with the support of SUMMA and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, is leading the teacher education project and will seek to support and provide assistance by making use of international evidence and best practices in the process of reforming the university’s initial teacher education programs; it also envisions the development of an international model for reviewing initial teacher education that can be applied in other training institutions in the Global South.