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September 28, 1999 - In June 1998, the Caribbean Group for Cooperation and Development (CGCED), requested the assistance of the World Bank and the Inter- American Development Bank to prepare a Strategic Vision for the first two decades of the next millennium (Vision 20/20). The reform of the Regionís education system can be considered an important goal in itself as well as critical to the process of realizing all the major goals of the Vision. An educated and trainable workforce is essential for the continued development of the Region.

The World Bank has therefore appointed a small Task Force of experts to coordinate the preparation of a Strategy Paper on Education. The Task Force, chaired by Dr. Didacus Jules, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, St. Lucia comprises Professor Errol Miller, School of Education, UWI, Dr. Arthur Richardson, Director of the School of Education, UWI, Mr. Carol Keller, Mrs. Colleen Winter-Brathwaite, UNESCO representative, Dr. Ralph Romain, Consultant, CDB and Dr. Lenor Armstrong, Education Specialist World Bank. The work of the Task Force will be informed by a series of background papers being prepared by independent consultants financed by the World Bank.

The preparation of the Strategy Paper provides an opportunity for the Region to review and analyze its education policies, strategies and their effectiveness, and re-formulate priorities within the context of the projected challenges of the next two decades, and the development goals for the Region. Major emphasis will be given to the implementation aspects of the Strategy.

The Task Force is expected to work closely with Ministries of Education, and other agencies involved in education in the Region. A draft Report will be available for discussion by December 1999.


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