Three Barbadians to participate in U.S. Government Sponsored Leadership Program
Barbadians Rhonda Blackman, Keisha Laurie, and Gina Sahai recently traveled to the United States as the latest Eastern Caribbean candidates of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Blackman is a teacher at the Sharon Primary School in Barbados; Laurie is the Assistant Registrar, Examination Development and Production with the Caribbean Examinations Council in Barbados; and Sahai is a special needs teacher at The Schoolhouse for Special Needs in Barbados. They will take part in a three-week project on the “Education of the Exceptional Child” with five other candidates from the region. Exceptional children is an inclusive term that refers to children across the spectrum of exceptionalism including those with cognitive and/or behavior problems, children with physical disabilities or sensory impairments, and children who are intellectually gifted or possess special talents.
This exchange will bring together Ministry of Education officials, policymakers, and educators who work in special education and curriculum design throughout the Eastern Caribbean. The objective of the program is to expose participants to new ways of effectively designing curricula and utilizing differentiated instruction that address the needs of an important minority, the exceptional children.
The program began on April 7 in Washington, D.C., and it will include travel to at least four cities across the United States including: Boston, Massachusetts; Des Moines, Iowa; Jackson, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana. The program concludes on April 24.
The IVLP is the Department of State’s premier, professional exchange program. The program brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn how U.S. experts in that profession operate and to share best practices with the other program candidates who hail from the same region and across the globe.