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Contact: Ina Joseph

Monday, August 05, 2002 - Teaching Economics in the classroom was one of the main agenda items of a Junior Achievement Fellowship in Colorado Springs. Saint Lucia was represented at that event by two teachers of the Saint Lucia Junior Achievement Leg. Seventeen teachers participated in the fellowship which was held under the theme “Metaphor, Media, and Meaning for Economics Education’.

Junior Achievement Teacher, Jennifer Phillips said a discussion by Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut Peter Barth concentrated on the meaning of teaching Economics in the classroom. The highlight of this presentation was what he called the core principals in teaching Economics. Out of this discussion the teachers came up with some video ideas and games that can be introduced into the classroom to help deliver their lessons successfully.

“There was one also by Paul Solman, who is a Business and Economic Correspondent for a television station. He concentrated mainly on using media in the classroom and he emphasized that using newspapers, newspaper clippings, clips from television news and the internet to get students involved in lessons and learning the concepts of business and economics was an effective means of getting the message across” said Ms. Phillips.

Jennifer Phillips and Kasia Marius who, attended the five day fellowship from the 23rd of July 2002, are expected to share their newly acquired teaching materials, knowledge, and some of the new programs offered by Junior Achievement International, with JA students and teachers in St. Lucia.

It is hoped that through the acquisition of those skills, there will be general improvement in the local Junior Achievement Program. According to Phillips these resources and information are available to all interested Business and Economics students and teachers in St. Lucia.


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