Nurturing resilience in The Bahamas

At the heart of The Bahamas’ resilience lies a deep recognition of the importance of education – one of the best tools for empowering future generations of leaders, entrepreneurs and contributing citizens.

A Church of England missionary group spearheaded education in the early 1700s in The Bahamas.

With the Education Act of 1836 following emancipation, a Board of Education was established to administer all schools in the colony.

Government High School (GHS) was established in 1925. Its main purpose was to train future teachers who were to receive free education.

Until the mid-1960s, the privileged few predominantly accessed secondary school education, though most children were able to receive a primary school education.

In 1972, the government published a White Paper on Education, which outlined its reform plans ahead of independence.

The document spoke to access to education, extending public secondary education to the outer islands, the establishment of The College of The Bahamas, now University of The Bahamas, and public pre-school education, which came about in the late 1980s.

The government also began providing grants to private institutions.  Read More  

Royston Jones

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