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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 

Education Week to be Observed Next Month

January 16, 2006
St. John’s, Antigua

"Working Together to Achieve Quality Education for All" is the 2006 theme chosen for Education Week, which runs from February 12th to 18th. The theme was submitted by 10 year old Dorothy George from the Freemans Ville Primary School.

Education Week is a set of programmes/activities that are organized to highlight Education in Antigua and Barbuda. The official launch will however take place on February 10th with a Mini-parade and Launch involving ministry officials, teachers, students and other organizations marching from the National Archives on to High Street then to the Heritage Quay Bandstand.

The annual Thanksgiving Service will take place at the Spring Gardens Moravian Church on February 12th while the National Reading on will be observed on February 13th throughout the nation. A panel discussion will be held on the Issues Live Programme on ABS TV at 8:30pm.

A Youth Forum is being organized for February 14th, and this will give young people an opportunity to discuss issues to their education and their lives in general. The forum will take place at the Multi-purpose Cultural Centre. The finals of the Education Week Schools Choral Festival (Primary Category) will also be showcased, this is a new programme to Education Week and it is hoped that it will become an annual event.

On February 15th the Third Annual Dr. Alister Francis Memorial Lecture Series will take place at the Antigua State College while the work of students, teachers, Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, National Archives, Infant Pedagogic Centre, Early Childhood Education Centre, ABICE and the Culture Department will be on display at the Multi-purpose centre. The Infant Fair will take place at 2:00pm at the King George V Grounds and the finals of the Education Week School's Chorale Festival (Secondary Category) will be staged at 4:00pm at a venue to be announced.

All government schools will have their Open Day on February 17th, students are being encouraged to compose poems for their teachers and present them in cards, jingles or recitals.

The week closes with an annual award ceremony at the Royal Antigua Hotel. Some of the categories for awards are:

* Exemplary Service to Education
* St. John's Development Corporation Outstanding Students
* Media and Corporate Citizens
* Retirement and Long Service

Special Projects to help the country's children learn is a series of three radio programmes informing parents and the community in general on how they can assist their children to attain academic excellence.

For further information contact:
Jaquis Browne
Communications Officer
Ministry of Education
Tel: (268) 462-4959 (Overseas)(268) 462-0192 Ext. 214
Cell: (268) 772-2163
Fax: (268) 462-4970
Email: jacquis.browne@antigua.gov.ag

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