With the knowledge that Science, Mathematics and Technology are essential to a country’s overall development, Sagicor hosted its Young Visionaries Workshop on Friday November 30th 2012.
It has been proven that exposure to these subjects results in a development of individuals who are critical thinkers who are able to apply knowledge and skills to solve problems in their localized context.
Dr. Jeffrey Blaize, Assistant Chief Education Officer, believes that student performance in areas of science and technology is cyclical in nature.
The Ministry of Education fully supports the efforts of Sagicor and the Caribbean Science Foundation in hosting the workshop.
At the workshop they launched the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge, with the Caribbean Examination Council being a partner.
They would like to see it being used in School Based Assessments.
Dr. Jeanese Badenock, who represents the Caribbean Science Foundation says the challenge is targeted towards secondary school students, where they need to identify a challenge facing their community, where they would use S.T.E.M, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to come up with a sustainable solution.
They hope that corporate entities within countries can assist with these projects.
If Dominica wins the regional competition they will win $5000 US towards their school.
You can go to sagicorvisionaries.org to get more information on the project.