COHSOD Chairman and Suriname, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, Hon. Lillian Ferrier, speaking during the opening ceremony of the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Georgetown, Guyana
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part from inadequate attention to the specific learning and contextual needs of some students and pointed to the use of outdated pedagogies for the generation of millennials for whom technology was second nature.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.
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addresses the opening ceremony of the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Council on Human and Social Development at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Georgetown, Guyana
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.
The COHSOD will also focus on the discussion and approval of a Regional Action Plan (2018 – 2020) for the Strategy, and agreement on arrangements for monitoring and evaluation at both regional and national levels of implementation. Specific attention will be given to the imperative of inter-sectoral action in the context of approved strategies in the areas of social, economic, environmental and technological resilience as articulated in the Caribbean Community Strategic Plan (2015 – 2019).
The meeting will kick off with an opening ceremony at the Theatre Guild in Guyana that includes an unprecedented thought leadership forum on “Positioning Human Resource Development (HRD) as Central to Caribbean Resilience and Development”. The forum will be led by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, and two discussants Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport of Montserrat, the Hon. Delmaude Ryan, and Artist, Economist and Recipient of the Caribbean Laureate of Arts and Letters Award, Mr. Adrian Augier. According to Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Ms. Myrna Bernard, a wide range of stakeholders were invited to the meeting. She said this was important as a holistic approach was needed when addressing Human Resource Development.
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The Regional Consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs), and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), has met its objectives. This is according to Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate, Mr. Percival Marie.
The main objective of the Consultation, which was held recently in Barbados, was to examine CARIFORUM’s relationship with the FCORs and the OCTS. The relationship was previously promoted through four Thematic Task Forces (TTFs) in the areas of Natural Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS, Trade and Investment, and Interconnection.
In an interview following the Consultation, Mr. Marie said that it undoubtedly met its objectives.
See the above clip for details on the recommendations coming out of the engagement.