The Mico Has Led the Way in Research, Leadership, Education

November 28, 2021 0 comments Dr. Marston Thomas, PhD, JP Categories Updates

FOR MORE than a century and a half the Mico Teachers' College (now The Mico University College) has played a central role in the training and development of young Jamaicans and persons from the wider Caribbean with an interest in education. The excellent programme of pedagogy has prepared teachers to undertake the very important task of educating children in Jamaica and the rest of the region. The quality of the training is manifested in graduates who have made significant contributions to national development in Jamaica and in other countries, in education research and the crafting of policies for the sector.

Your trainees who have benefited from high-quality, professional preparation and who subsequently pursue other professional development programmes have been most effective in the classroom. Your maintenance of high-quality standards has ensured that The Mico continues to be recognised internationally as one of Jamaica's most important education training institutions. It is against this background that I take great pleasure in extending congratulations to The Mico University College and its alumni as you mark your 185th anniversary under the theme: 'Nation-Building, Leadership and Innovation.

These past 185 years, you have led the way in research, in leadership, in education, while being innovative amid changing policies and social dynamics. The excellent research carried in child assessment and development of specialised training programme for children with special needs, for those in early childhood education, your excellent math programme and more recently your focus on ways to reach boys in a targeted way, demonstrates foresight and a commitment to be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of our society. In this, you are underscoring that teacher training is neither static nor one-dimensional but multifaceted, and the excellent foundation you provide your trainees in these areas redounds to the benefit of the wider society.

Teaching is an enormous privilege, a great responsibility, and an unparalleled opportunity to do good in the lives of others. I must, therefore, say a big thank you to all who have contributed to the excellent work being acknowledged and celebrated on this anniversary. We have great expectations that you will continue to make a significant contribution to Jamaica's education sector.

Therefore, on behalf of the education sector as a whole, and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in particular, I join in extending heartiest congratulations on your milestone.

Well done and may God bless you all.

THE HON. FAYVAL WILLIAMS
Minister of Education, Youth and Information

This article first appeared in the Sunday Gleaner, November 28, 2021 - Jamaica, as part of a national celebration of The Mico's 185th Anniversary Celebration. From PressReader >