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Amuelle Kirnon and Dr. Buffonge

Legislator Dr. Buffonge and Banker A. Kirnon receive Chevening Scholarship

by B Roach

Dr. Buffonge

Amuelle KKirnon

The Governor’s Office announced on Friday that Miss Amuelle Kirnon of the Bank of Montserrat and Dr. Ingrid Buffonge of Glendon Hospital have been awarded prestigious Chevening Scholarships for the 2017/18 academic year.

Miss Kirnon will study for a Master of Science (MSc) in Occupational and Organisational Psychology at the University of Surrey commencing in September.

The release from the Governor’s office reported Miss Kirnon as saying: “I am very thrilled and excited to be afforded the opportunity to pursue an area which will aid in the social and economic development in Montserrat. I have a keen interest in the productivity within organisations and the integral role employee relations play in shaping the image and contributing to the overall success of an organisation. My journey in becoming a Chevening Scholar has now begun and I am extremely enthusiastic about beginning classes in September.”

Dr. Buffonge, a 2014 elected Member of Parliament, will study for a Master of Science (MSc) in Critical Care at Queen Mary University commencing also in September of this year. The doctor reportedly said: “I am passionate about the provision of good quality healthcare on Montserrat. I am keen to further contribute to Montserrat by advancing my knowledge in Critical Care, an area I’ve long advocated for. Therefore, I am really pleased that I have been awarded this year’s Chevening Scholarship and now have the opportunity to expand my knowledge in this area.”

The Chevening Scholarship scheme is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. They are geared to students with at least first degrees enabling them to study for Masters programmes or equivalent and who show the potential to become future leaders and decision makers in their home countries.

The release advised that “as Miss Kirnon and Dr. Buffonge leave at the start of their scholarships, Miss Thandie Williams and Miss Cilma Wade, last year’s Chevening Scholarship recipients, will be making their way back to Montserrat.”




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CXC launches first mobile App

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul. 27, CMC  – The Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) has launched its first mobile App – CXC Connect – as the agency continues to incorporate technology to make learning relatively seamless.

CXCCAt the launching ceremony on Wednesday, Education Minister Ronald Jones said CXC is moving at a rapid pace.

“ As Minister, I am trying to stay apace of what you are doing – e-marking and now you are doing submission of e-SBAs in a preliminary way. You now have CXC connect, a mobile app, e-testing, e-books, e-syllabi…This is a dizzying pace but you have to stay current, and CXC as the leading provider of examinations within the Caribbean has to be in concert with what is happening in the wider world…. You have to be on the cutting edge,” he said.

Director of Operations at CXC, Stephen Savoury, said 19 territories in the region dealt directly with CXC daily, and its services were wide and varied.

Stating that the App aimed to provide a new avenue for them to engage the Council, he said: “In addition to the hundreds of thousands of students preparing for exams, CXC also interacts with about 10,000 stakeholders across the region and the world during the year. This App allows us the opportunity to provide what we call a ‘ubiquitous experience’ for these our stakeholders.”

Meanwhile, CXC’s Public Information Officer, Cleveland Sam, noted that in 2011, CXC declared itself as an IT-intelligent organisation and was using modern information and communication to work more effectively and efficiently. He said the launch of its first mobile App was therefore “a logical step in the progression forward” on the ICT journey of the CXC.

The five main features of the App are a news feed, Frequently Asked Questions, live chat, events and examinations results.

It  also has the potential to give information on registration and exam dates, and also offers a chat feature with five categories, namely learning support resources, general examination results, e-testing, transcripts and certificates.

Additionally, persons can send voice notes, attach documents and explore upcoming events.

CXC Connect is designed for Android and iOS devices, including mobile phones and tablets, and can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.

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US support continues for major OECS initiatives

 CASTRIES, St Lucia Jul. 26, CMC—The United States government has signaled its intention to continue financial support for two major initiatives in the areas of Juvenile Justice reform and education for six member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECDS).

The plan was discussed Tuesday when the US Ambassador to the OECS and Barbados, Linda Taglialatela paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of the OECS Dr. Didicus Jules.

 They also discussed several cooperation matters and ways to strengthen the common bond between the USA and the OECS.

The Juvenile Justice Reform Project 2 (JJRP2) supported by USAID  aims at encouraging social reintegration of young people involved in conflict with the law through alternative sentencing programme.

“The United States of America and OECS have enjoyed a strong collaboration in part facilitated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which is one of the major partners of the Organisation,” Jules told reporters.

The Early Learners Education Programme is one of the major OECS/USAID initiatives.

It aims at improving the level of literacy of young learners (Grade K to Grade 3) in six member states: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia,and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The programme is being implemented by the Education Development Management Unit of the Commission, Jules said.

The OECS, USAID and UNICEF have also collaborated on the development of a regional database programme ”OECS Info 2.0” launched in June .

The OECS Director General explained that this centralised database facilitates public access to social and economic statistics of Member States and serves as an important tool for students and the media in this regard.

“OECS Info 2.0 also has a strategic dimension in that it provides accurate statistics to enhance decision making at the policy level in respect of national and regional development initiatives,” he said.

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