The Department of Environment on Wednesday handed over a series of proposals to the National Centre for Educational Research Development (NCERD) to introduce environmental topics in the current school curriculum.Since October last year, a team of specialists would have converged to examine the current syllabus used from Grades One to Nine and ways in which these topics can be incorporated into daily lessons.Environmental Policy and Education Coordinator of the Department, Alvin Doris handing over the revised document to NCERD Director Jennifer CumberbatchFour areas were mainly targeted, namely: agriculture and forestry, biodiversity, climate and land geography in subject areas: English language, social studies, agricultural science and integrated science.Environmental Policy and Education Coordinator of the Department, Alvin Doris stated that the idea was to determine whether there was comprehensive environmental coverage across these subjects. As expected, lessons on pertinent environmental issues were lacking.“As you can imagine, there was little to none because our school’s curriculum had not been revised in part for decades…We thought that it was incumbent upon us, being the State agency with overarching mandate for environmental governance, to contribute to that process somehow…We saw that the lack of environmental coverage provided us an opportunity to propose what could be infused,” Doris indicated.He acknowledged the fact that students are sometimes burdened with numerous topics to cover before the end of the school year. Hence, they inserted information where it was relevant in existing topics.“The complaint has always been that the schools’ curriculum is so packed already so we had to be mindful of how much we propose, we had to strategically think about infusion rather than altogether wholesale introduction of new topics,” the Coordinator pointed out.Guyana has taken up the mantle of executing the Rio Conventions, namely on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification.For this, Rio Mainstreaming Project Manager, Michelle Klass explained that a four-year project, slated to conclude next year, was employed to monitor the implementation of the Convention and strengthen technical capacities. Now, the Rio Convention and other environmental issues will be taught at a different level.“The objective is to strengthen technical capacities for mainstreaming and monitoring achievements of the Rio Convention….This important exercise will see our children benefitting from an updated curriculum that incorporates not only the Rio Convention that the project is focusing on but other aspects of the environment including our Green State Development Strategy,” Klass asserted.In receiving the revised syllabus, Director of NCERD, Jennifer Cumberbatch said they will review these suggestions before introducing them in the curriculum. This initiative has been welcomed by educators and both public and private institutions.“Having a meaningful curriculum is essential to a child’s education, life and thus, to a whole nation…We are thankful for the tangible way in which the Office of Climate Change has supported us by these suggested inclusions in the curriculum. I’ve seen a bit of it and recognised that some of it is really good but we have not looked at it in its entirety,” the NCERD Director noted.Through its curriculum reform project, the Education Ministry had introduced a reformed curriculum in schools across the country, through a pilot programme which included space for any modifications.Assistant Chief Education Officer, Carol Benn made this announcement earlier this year, where she also informed that a new timetable would’ve accompanied the syllabus in 115 primary schools. Both were implemented as pilot projects.
The students dined on chicken, pizza, potato salad, rolls, and macaroni and cheese; later they were to have their pictures taken. Members of the court, headed by King Brian Coleman and Queen Adriana Ramirez, were adorned with crowns, tiaras and sashes. The students did not have to pay for anything. The school club Special Falcons raised money to cover the costs, Recentio said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are just giving them a prom so they can do normal things like we get to do,” said Jessica Pierik, one of three seniors who planned the event. “They are just sweet little kids. I thought I could just help and make them happy.” The two other seniors who planned the dance are Robyn Taveras and Ryan Brannon. Teacher and senior project mentor Eva Recentio said Palmdale is the only school in the Antelope Valley Union High School District that has a winter ball for special-education students. It first started in 1995 as a Valentine’s Day dance, and then in 2003 was changed to a winter ball, Recentio said. “Our population is not able to go to a regular prom,” Recentio said. “We try to make it comparable to the winter prom of regular-ed students.” PALMDALE – They dressed in suits and fancy dresses Friday and sat in the gymnasium where formal tables held plastic champagne glasses filled with mint candies wrapped in white netting. It was a special winter ball for about 80 Palmdale High School special-education students. And it came complete with throbbing dance music, streamer and balloon decorations and a prom court. “It’s awesome because I see people dancing, I like the DJ, and I have a date. His name is Anthony,” said sophomore Claudia Reyes, who wore a borrowed burgundy gown with black chunky high-heeled shoes and black fishnet stockings. The Winter Ball is an annual event that has been organized by seniors as part of their senior project, a graduation requirement.