THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE COMMEMORATES WORLD RABIES DAY 2018

On the 28th September 2018 the Turks and Caicos Islands joined the global community for the first time to commemorate World Rabies Day. World Rabies Day is a global campaign to help prevent the spread of one of the most fatal zoonotic diseases in the world. This day of action and awareness for rabies prevention is acknowledged annually on September 28th and is facilitated by the international charity, Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). World Rabies Day, was initiated by GARC in 2007 to create a global opportunity for people to unite and increase awareness of rabies prevention. The theme for this year was, “Share the message. Save a life”, as it reflects the fundamental principle of increasing awareness of rabies in saving the lives of people and animals by preventing rabies deaths.

 

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord of mammals, including humans. It is a zoonotic disease meaning that it can be transmitted from humans to animals.  The virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and is usually transmitted by animal bites and scratches. It spreads to the nervous system and eventually to the brain causing inflammation. The signs of rabies in animals include aggression or confusion, abnormal behaviour, excessive salivation, difficulty eating or drinking, weakness, paralysis and eventual death. Rabies is 100% preventable but continues to cause death and suffering to people and animals with about 59,000 human rabies cases worldwide each year, most of which are transmitted by dogs.

 

Through the continued efforts and stringent prevention programmes by the Department of Agriculture, the Turks and Caicos Islands continues to maintain its Internationally recognizedRabies free status.  As part of the Department’s awareness drive, an information segment highlighting “Rabies” would be aired on the programme “Agriculture Today” on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 9 am on Radio Turks and Caicos on 89.1 FM.

RO Unit Grand Turk - 5th October, 2018

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, IHP, in collaboration with the Water Undertaking Unit within the Public Works Department, would like to advise the general public that there was a water main breakage this morning, which resulted in our water services to be temporarily offline.

We hasten to add that our team within the Water Undertaking Unit is working to have this matter rectified and once completed, services will be restored.

We do apologize for the inconvenience caused as a result and thank you in advance for your patience an understanding.

World's Teacher's Day

World's Teacher's Day

Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services

“The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” (theme for World Teachers’ Day 2018 International Conference)

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, joins the global community in observing World Teachers’ Day 2018.  Happy World Teachers’ Day! 

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. It also commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 signature of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

The Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Honourable Karen Malcolm, and her team at the Ministry take this opportunity to celebrate with and express gratitude to each teacher in the archipelago for their dedication and commitment to the education of our children. In keeping with the theme of  this year’s World Teachers’ Day, the government has expressed its commitment, through budgetary allocation and the Education Sector Plan 2018-2022, to provide training and continuing professional development opportunities for teachers.  A series of workshops were held towards the end of the 2017/18 school year and during the commencement of the 2018/19 school year. 

Later this month teachers in primary and high schools will participate in workshops addressing the Child Friendly-School Framework.  Special Education Teachers will participate in six (6) online professional development sessions focusing on a selection of topics related to instructional design and environmental organization, linking practical application to theory. Teachers who deliver the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) programme will also commence continuing professional development courses.

Our aim is to ensure that teachers are qualified, have access to the resources needed to create an enabling environment where all students can be successful, and are engaged in professional communities of practice where they can share ideas with and learn from their counterparts. 

Teachers, we honour and salute you.  We wish you a happy World Teachers’ Day and a safe and productive school year.