Singapore, October 9, 2023 – The St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Association (SKNRA) is delighted to announce a significant step towards enhancing science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education in the Caribbean region. Dr. Ricardo Neil, Chairman of SKNRA, Mr. Brandond Powell, Executive Director, and Mr. Terrance Drew Jr, Ambassador for the St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Association, were part of a high-level delegation that recently met with the Honorable Sherie B De Castro, Minister of Education and Youth Affairs in the British Virgin Islands. The productive discussion, held at the Ministry of Education, included key representatives from both organizations, with Ms. D. Richardson and Ms. Orlandette Crabbe accompanying Minister De Castro.
The meeting focused on exploring potential collaborations between SKNRA and the Ministry of Education in the British Virgin Islands, aiming to strengthen STEAM education initiatives. Recognizing the importance of fostering innovation and technological literacy among the youth, both parties engaged in in-depth conversations about creating meaningful partnerships that will benefit students and educators in both regions.
“We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead in our collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth Affairs in the British Virgin Islands,” said Dr. Ricardo Neil, Chairman of SKNRA. “By joining forces, we can further enrich educational experiences and empower the next generation of leaders with essential skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.”
Minister Sherie B De Castro expressed her enthusiasm for the potential partnership, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation in advancing education. “Collaborative efforts are vital in nurturing young minds and preparing them for the challenges of the future,” said Minister De Castro. “We are eager to explore innovative approaches to STEAM education and leverage the expertise of SKNRA in this regard.”
The discussions revolved around various aspects of STEAM education, including curriculum development, teacher training programs, student competitions, and the establishment of robotics clubs in schools. Both parties are committed to fostering an environment of creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills among students, aligning with the global emphasis on STEAM education.
Patrina Perreira, Public Relations Director of St Kitts and Nevis Robotics Association, stated, “We are thrilled to facilitate this collaboration that will undoubtedly shape the future of education in our region. This partnership signifies our commitment to providing innovative and impactful learning experiences for students, empowering them to excel in the digital age.”
SKNRA and the Ministry of Education and Youth Affairs in the British Virgin Islands are optimistic about the potential outcomes of this collaboration. As they move forward, they are dedicated to shaping a brighter future for students in the Caribbean region, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in an increasingly technology-driven world.