Primary Schools in the Eastern District on Friday participated in a festival at the Salybia Primary School to highlight student accomplishments over the school year.
The festival was held under the theme: ‘ Critical thinking-planting seeds that blossom abundantly.’
The activity featured performances and exhibitions from the thirteen (13) schools in the district. Displays were based on achievements in numeracy and literacy and also included photos and videos of student successes during the period.
Students also participated in quizzes and competitions in Math and Language. A competition dubbed ‘Mind Quest’ was designed to test student knowledge in all areas of study.
District Education Officer for the Eastern District, Ernie Lawrence Jno-Finn, encouraged teachers to appeal to the critical thinking abilities of their pupils from an early age.
“Young children are naturally driven to learn because they are curious. This natural curiosity should be supported throughout their primary schools years, into the secondary. This can be done by giving them the tools that will enable them to think critically-to ask the right questions and actively engage themselves in activities with a purpose,” Jno- Finn said.
“Teachers should see themselves as facilitators of learning, not the ‘masters of all knowledge’ dumping concepts into their students’ minds. We need to train them to become engaged in their own learning,” she added.
Students also heard addresses from Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia Constituency Ashton Graneau and Feature Speaker, a top performer at the Caribbean Secondary Certificate exams 2011 and the 2013 A Level Exams, Isaac Alfred.
Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce, Johnson Drigo represented Education Minister, Petter Saint-Jean.
The Eastern District Primary Schools Festival is an annual event.