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Eleven training facilitators better equipped

first_img 64 Views   no discussions EducationLocalNewsTertiary Eleven training facilitators better equipped by: – June 15, 2012 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Graduates of the Principles of Andragogy course Eleven tourism training facilitators are said to be better equipped having graduated from the Dominica State College’s Principles of Andragogy course, which is the art and science of helping adults learn.Isaline Carter, Joel Challenger, Kenneth George-Dill, Ainsworth Irish, Bertrand Jno Baptiste, Avril John-Daniel, Arun Madisetti, Marilyn Morris, Virginia Riviere, Daisy Rodney and Simon Walsh are the beneficiaries of this course. The DSC’s Department of Continuing Education partnered with the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in hosting the course which was funded by the Organization of American States (OAS).At the graduation ceremony on Friday which was held at the Bath Estate campus of the Dominica State College, Dean of the Faculty of Education Merrill Matthew highlighted two major achievements of the course.“Today we are here to celebrate two major achievements. One, we celebrate the achievement of eleven people who worked very hard and deserve the accolades they will get today and secondly, we celebrate the continuous growth and progress of the Faculty of Education and the Department of Continuing Education”. Matthew noted that the graduation is testimony to the fact that the Faculty of Education is keeping with its mission which is “to provide accessible, applicable and affordable quality lifelong education and training”.President of the college, Dr Donald Peters also highlighted the importance of training the facilitators particularly in the area of tourism which he said has become very essential to the national economy.“It is a necessary skill and competence for us in Dominica and I say so because most of the people who are going to be teaching or training are in one of our newest industry; the tourist industry. There are service providers and service trainers and there are a lot of problems in that new industry… but we have to make them learn, we have to help them learn because tourism has become a very important part of the national economy and if we cannot get to speed I don’t have to remind you of the many other tourist destinations there are in the Caribbean”. The course was described as “very difficult” by the facilitator, Stephen Joseph, who praised the participants for their “high level of excellence” which was proven in their results.“These were the most committed, the most dedicated, most hard-working class that I’ve ever had the opportunity to interact with. Their work ethic was excellent, if there was such a thing as a perfect class, probably I would want to say that was it”. Joseph admonished the graduates to “continue developing yourself, knowledge is never too much” and make every effort to impart the knowledge which they have received to others.Head of Product Development at the Discover Dominica Authority, Kathleen Cuffy, explained that the course was a result of their partnership with the OAS in the Trainers Awareness Program which seeks to promote tourism awareness. “We felt that trainers also needed to be re-trained. We continue to train service providers but the people who train them sometimes may need a little refresher course…The OAS funded the training aimed to recall and reinforce the previously acquired knowledge and skill of the facilitators”. Cuffy is hopeful that the participants will apply the knowledge and skills which they have acquired to “positively impact the tourism industry”.Meanwhile, one of the graduates, Kenneth George-Dill praised the course and the facilitator for a “very rewarding course”. He explained that not only did the participants learn from the facilitator but also from each other.The course began on November 15th, with sixteen participants, however only eleven successfully completed the course which ended on December 8th, 2011.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more