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October 27, 1998 - Curriculum coordinators from the 9 OECS member states are currently in Antigua for a workshop on curriculum harmonization. The October 26 - 30, meeting has been organized to develop the Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum, of primary schools in the OECS.

According to Dr. Henry Hinds, Curriculum Development Specialist with the OECS Education Reform Unit (OERU), the curriculum in each country has its own focus and they have all received help from various donor agencies. "We are not discarding or disregarding their work. In fact we’re building on what they have done," said Hinds. He added that curriculum documents were collected from each country, so that the common elements could be identified.

During the workshop the participants will discuss what is in place in their countries with regard to curriculum development. It is hoped that this will assist in establishing a common set of objectives and standards for Language Arts and Mathematics in the Eastern Caribbean.

The workshop is only the beginning of the curriculum harmonization process. When participants return to their respective countries, they will be expected to work in smaller national working groups. This will entail developing material, building on content and exchanging experiences. The regional collaboration will also be continued via the Internet and on the secured Intranet of the OERU.

Toward the end of this process of idea sharing and brainstorming, the OERU is hoping to produce a document, which will act as a guideline for primary schools around the sub-region.



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