In October, the directors of Gwendoline van Putten School in St. Eustatius, Scholengemeenschap Bonaire SGB and Saba Comprehensive School signed a collaboration agreement to proceed together as a Technique Region.
These three schools join hands to make youngsters acquainted with technique and to encourage more students to choose a technique programme, followed by a job in the local technical field. With this initiative the schools aim to develop a durable, comprehensive and high-quality technique course offering.
This cooperation was made possible by an extra financial injection from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to respond to the pressing need for good technical education in the Caribbean Netherlands. The demand in the labour market for more well-trained technical personnel is growing. At the same time, schools are faced with decreasing student numbers and a decline in the number of youngsters choosing the technical curriculum. Following the agreement, the schools are now expected to deliver a regional plan before April 1, 2019, based on a joint vision for the 2020-2023 period.
The Daily Herald.