Thirty-Fourth COHSOD has met its objectives – CARICOM Director Human Development

Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, said that the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) had met its objectives. The meeting concluded at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on Friday, 5 May.

The Meeting opened at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Georgetown, Guyana, on Wednesday. The opening included an unprecedented Thought Leadership Forum on the theme of COHSOD, ‘Positioning Human Resource Development as Central to Caribbean Resilience and Development’.

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Region’s stark realities core of discussion at HRD Thought Leadership Forum

The stark realities facing the Region as it relates to human development were brought to the fore at a Thought Leadership Forum hosted as part of the opening of the Thirty-Fourth Council for Human and Social Development COHSOD.

The Forum was held under the theme ‘Positioning Human Resource Development as Central to Caribbean Resilience and Development’. It was led by Professor Ivelaw Griffith, Vice Chancellor, University of Guyana, with discussants including Hon. Delmaude Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Youth Affairs and Sport, Monserrat and Mr, Adrian Augier, Artist, Economist and Recipient of the Caribbean Laureate of Arts Letters Award.

The Forum was an unprecedented component of the opening ceremony for the COHSOD.

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Proposal for collaborative effort between CARICOM and FIFA currently under review

The CARICOM Secretariat is currently reviewing a proposal from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for collaborative efforts to enhance human development in the Region. Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater, has advised that the CARICOM Secretariat is currently reviewing the proposal that FIFA submitted.

He welcomed the enthusiasm of FIFA Director for Football in Africa and the Caribbean, Mr. Veron Mosengo-Omda, who outlined some of the details of the proposal in a presentation to the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) at the CARICOM Secretariat on Thursday, 3 May, 2018.

In his presentation, Mr. Mosengo-Omda said it was FIFA’s intention to start a Regional Primary School Football Competition with the main objective of strengthening the sport across the Region. He said that such an initiative was important to the moral and social fabric of the Region and noted that sports, specifically football, could be used as a vehicle to combat social ills that many times were associated with youths. (more…)

Implementation of HRD Strategy will address issues articulated by youth, parents, community

Chairman of the Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD) and Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Suriname, the Hon. Lilian Ferrier, said that the implementation of the CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy will focus on issues that have been raised by youth, parents and communities of the Region in a 2010 Report of the Commission on Youth Development. She was giving an address at the opening ceremony of the Thirty-Fourth COHSOD at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Georgetown, Guyana.

She said the HRD Strategy addressed the attrition of students, resulting in part from inadequate attention to the specific learning and contextual needs of some students and pointed to the use of outdated pedagogies for the generation of millennials for whom technology was second nature.

She noted further that the CARICOM Strategic Plan would also provide a framework for the discussions resilience and development, which were reflected in the theme of COHSOD 34. According to her, the spotlight on resilience provided an opportunity to view HRD as an enabler of resilience which, in this context, referred to the ability to recover from setbacks as well as being able to advance with confidence.

Students at the opening ceremony of COHSOD

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HRD Strategy: another step in evolution of development of regional capital – CARICOM SG

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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has described the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy as another step in the evolution of the development of human capital in the Region.

The Secretary-General was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Council for Human and Social Development COHSOD. The ceremony was held at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Guyana on Wednesday and included a Thought Forum which focused on the theme ‘Positioning Human Resource Development as Central to Caribbean Resilience and Development’. Ambassador LaRocque said this would be attained through the strategic priorities of improving Access, Relevance, Equity and Quality.

Speaking to the success of the Strategy, the CARICOM SG said it would be determined partly by the strength of partnerships and the depth of the multi-sectoral collaborative approach. He said the meeting presented additional opportunity for co-ordination, while the details of the implementation programme were addressed during the sessions. He said that by approaching the Strategy from a multi-sectoral perspective, a people-centred approach to development, in which human development was at the core of sustainable development – had been established.

“By mainstreaming HRD, it becomes possible to realise goals related not only to the areas of human and social development, but critically, to our economic development. The enhancement of our human capital is fundamental to the success of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), stated Ambassador LaRocque.

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