Caribbean Union of Teachers
DAT Hosts 30th Edition of Summer Workshop
The Dominica Association of Teachers in collaboration with the Canadian Teachers Federation and the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development launched this year’s Summer Workshop with a grand opening Ceremony at the Convent High School on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
The ceremony heard addresses from Minister for Education – Hon Petter Saint Jean who called on teachers to take the workshop seriously. He told the teachers that Dominica needs them and the students and youth of Dominica need them. He commended the teachers for their hard work through out the year. He sited the results of various local and external exams as proof that the teachers are really working hard. Hon. Saint Jean also commended the DAT for continuing to not merely a bargaining agent but also as a professional organization whose aim is to enhance the professional development of all teachers.
Also addressing the function was Canadian Team Leader Olive Creary-Satchell,(2nd from left) who expressed pleasure to be in Dominica and to be part of the workshop. She introduced her Team of Canadian Facilitators and went on to warn teachers that the team expects to learn from them as much as they will learn from the team.
President of the DAT – Mrs. Celia Nicholas, in her address underscored the rationale for the courses offered this year. She explained that DAT introduced Food and Nutrition as one of its courses because the Union recently adopted “Eating Right” as a Platform. This she said is due to the prevalence of Chronic Non –Communicable Diseases in the society. She said it is imperative that teachers learn to take care of themselves in order that they can take care of their students. The other courses offered are Literacy, Numeracy and Special Education.
The workshop which was formerly called the OCOD Summer Workshops, is now referred to as Project Overseas and soon will be called the Summer Institute is now in its 30th year in Dominica. A name, what’s in a name? Well no matter the name, one thing is for certain, these workshops have been of tremendous benefit to thousands of Dominican teachers over the years. Year after year, teachers continue to flock to the Convent High School to hone their skills, to improve their craft, to master their art – the Art of Teaching.
The workshop will continue until July 25 when the curtains will come down with a closing ceremony at the Convent High School Auditorium.
Belinda Wilson is Returned as President of BUT
CUT Congratulates Dr. Michael Charles
The Caribbean Union of Teachers congratulates bro. Michael Charles who was recently conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Endicott College during its seventy-third commencement exercises on Friday, May 24 in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Michael is the General Secretary of the Bermuda Union of Teachers. He is also an accomplished educator who taught high school in Brooklyn and Staten Island before relocating to Bermuda to continue his teaching career as Deputy Principal at Paget Primary School. Before becoming General Secretary, he served as president twice and Vice President of the Caribbean Union of Teachers.
Charles has served as Vice President of the Bermuda National Athletic Association, and is a member of the Bermuda National Education Committee, National Drug Commission, the National Training Board, and the Caribbean Education Awards Committee.
E.I's President Named as Keynote Speaker for 36th Biennial CUT Conference
The Caribbean Union of Teachers has named Susan Hopgood as the keynote speaker for its 36th Biennial Conference in Georgetown, Guyana from 4-9 August, 2013.
Susan Hopgood is both President of Education International (EI) and the Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union (AEU). The AEU has a membership of 181,000 teachers and education workers in pre-schools, schools and vocational education institutions across the public sector in Australia.
Susan first started her career teaching mathematics in secondary schools in Victoria, Australia in 1974. She joined the VSTA (now named the AEU) as a young teacher, and became an active member and union representative at school, regional and state levels. In 1985, she began working with the union full-time in the position of Women’s Officer, a job she held until 1993.
Since then, Susan has held a number of positions in the education union: Victorian Branch General Secretary from 1993–1995; AEU Federal Women’s Officer from 1995–1996; and Deputy Federal Secretary from 1996–2006, during which time her responsibilities included international relations. She was elected Federal Secretary of the AEU in 2006, the first woman to achieve that position.