Dominica State College representatives complete a Successful Twenty-Day Mission Canadian Universities
Dean of Education, Merrill Matthew, and lecturers Thomas Bell, Sharon Allicock-Joseph and Valda Joseph, are now much better equipped to lead in the design of a new Agri-business vocational qualification programme at the DSC.
The group has just returned from a 20 day study tour in Nova Scotia and Ottawa, to familiarize themselves with multiple approaches to instruction for vocational qualifications and to farming by Canada’s leading entrepreneurs in agriculture.
Mr. Matthew says, this study tour forms part of an on-going partnership between the DSC, Dalhousie University School of Agriculture and the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus, to design a Level 3 Agri-business vocational qualification to serve the current need for a more productive and economically competitive agricultural sector in Dominica and the wider region.
They received experience curriculum in preparation.
There were several round table discussions on best practice for teaching agri-business, which Mr. Matthew strongly believes is the driving methodology for the delivery of vocational qualifications.
DSC’s present agriculture program is mainly geared towards students who want to pursue further education in agriculture.
He noted that the exposure the lectures have had on this 20 day tour, is bound to have an impact on their teaching.
Ms. Valda Joseph said the tour enabled her to observe practices at the Canadian Institution.
“We realized that the universities are linked with their industries and we realized that this is missing in Dominica.”
The aim is to attract students from secondary schools, farmers and anyone interested in taking an entrepreneurship Agri-Business course.