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Bryan, Beverley A.
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Department of Educational Studies
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Towards a learning society: Emerging issues in developing a policy and plan for literacy in four OECS countries
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Celebrating Achievements in Caribbean Education: Transformation, Diversity and Collaboration. 7th Biennial Conference of the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona
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April 15-17, 2004
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Renaissance Grande Hotel, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Abstract
In the OECS Reform Strategy, initiated and agreed by the Ministers of Education in Dominica in 1991 and later confirmed in Pillars for Partnership and Progress (2000), there is embedded the need for the Eastern Caribbean to work collectively for regional development. The UN Decade for Literacy has launched and re-energised initiatives that place the goal of raising literacy levels as a core strategy in that focus. Four OECS countries (St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada and Dominica) have collectively begun to formulate policies and plans to achieve these ends. Using documentary analysis, questionnaires and interviews with stakeholders across the region, this paper will highlight some of the main issues arising from a renewed literacy thrust such as the problems of adolescent literacy, use of the vernacular and teacher preparation. It will also explicate some policy proposals being put in place, to deal with these issues.....
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