Le yoga fait partie des nouveaux cours offerts cette année

first_imgLe lotus fait son apparition dans les gymnases des écoles, modernisant ainsi l’éducation physique traditionnelle. Le yoga, une ancienne pratique qui permet de développer la force et la flexibilité ainsi que la discipline mentale, est maintenant l’une de plusieurs nouvelles options de cours qui répondent aux exigences en matière d’éducation physique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’année dernière, l’éducation physique est devenue une exigence pour l’obtention du diplôme. Le cours de yoga en 11e année, qui a connu du succès pendant sa mise à l’essai dans trois conseils scolaires l’année dernière, est très populaire auprès des élèves qui préfèrent une option non compétitive au cours traditionnel d’éducation physique. Le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial fera l’essai du programme dans deux écoles au printemps. Le cours respecte l’engagement du gouvernement provincial visant à augmenter le taux de participation des filles, et aussi des garçons, aux activités physiques. « Il est essentiel pour nous de continuer à encourager davantage de jeunes à participer à une vie active et saine, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Cette stratégie inclut l’élaboration de programmes d’éducation physique qui intéresseront les filles et les jeunes femmes, et qui inspireront un plus grand nombre d’élèves à être et à demeurer actifs pendant toute leur vie. » Le ministère de l’Éducation offre également deux nouvelles options d’éducation physique dans les écoles anglophones qui permettront aux élèves d’obtenir des crédits d’éducation physique : Physically Active Lifestyles 11 et Fitness Leadership 11. Le cours Fitness Leadership 11 est unique puisqu’il offre aux élèves l’occasion de devenir moniteurs de conditionnement physique certifiés, leur permettant ainsi de travailler comme moniteurs dans les programmes communautaires d’activité physique. « Ce programme permet aux jeunes d’acquérir des compétences en leadership et d’appliquer ces compétences dans la communauté afin d’en faire un endroit plus sain où vivre et travailler, » a dit Mme More. Le CSAP en est à sa deuxième année de mise en œuvre des nouveaux programmes d’éducation physique de 10e, 11e et 12e année. Toutes les écoles offrent maintenant ces programmes d’éducation physique, qui incluent un volet de conditionnement physique. Les autres nouveaux programmes et modifications aux programmes existants incluent : Le programme d’études en arts de la 7e année dans les écoles anglophones qui inclut les instruments d’orchestre, la musique et les arts visuels. Le programme d’études de la famille de la 7e dans les écoles anglophones, mettant un accent particulier sur l’artisanat du textile. Le nouveau programme d’études de la famille pour la 10e année, incluant le cours Food Technology 10, permet aux élèves d’obtenir des crédits de technologie, qui sont obligatoires. Une expansion de l’éducation coopérative. Des subventions de 390 000 $ ont permis l’expansion du programme dans 39 écoles, ce qui donne un total de 74 écoles offrant le programme d’éducation coopérative. Cette année, les 10 écoles du CSAP offrent le programme d’éducation coopérative. Le cours Communications Technology 11 représente une nouvelle étape dans l’augmentation du nombre de cours d’éducation technique de qualité supérieure qui sont offerts. Il offre aux élèves un apprentissage pratique de la photographie numérique, de la vidéo numérique, de la diffusion et de toute une gamme d’autres médias de communication. Le cours Construction Trades 11 est lancé dans six écoles anglophones de la province. Ce cours est basé sur les leçons enseignées dans le cours Métiers spécialisés 10e année et donne aux adolescents la chance de continuer à travailler dans un environnement d’apprentissage d’avant-garde pour acquérir les compétences nécessaires pour une carrière dans les métiers. Le programme Options et opportunités (O2), qui vise à inciter les élèves à participer davantage en leur offrant des expériences plus pratiques d’apprentissage et en milieu de travail, sera également offert dans deux écoles supplémentaires du CSAP.last_img read more

Energy Council Will Ensure Sustainable Development of Sector – Minister Williams

Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the reconvening of the Jamaica Energy Council will ensure the sustainable development of the country’s energy sector. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the reconvening of the Jamaica Energy Council will ensure the sustainable development of the country’s energy sector.She was addressing stakeholders prior to a tour of Massy Gas Products Jamaica Limited’s facility in Montego Bay, St. James, on July 5.Mrs. Williams noted that the Council, which will function as a nation decision-making body, will allow for continuity of policy, and will utilise “imperial data-driven information to make strategic and timely decisions”.She noted, further, that “it is aimed at facilitating consensus and minimising the negative influence that partisan and other special interest groups and individuals may try to have on our energy sector”.Cabinet approved the re-establishment of the Council, chaired by Minister Williams, and including representatives from various organisations.The Council was initially established by a decision of Cabinet on March 12, 2012 and is supported by the National Energy Policy, 2008-2030, which provides the framework to pursue a comprehensive programme for improving the island’s energy efficiency and facilitate fuel source diversification and long-term energy security.In the meantime, the Minister lauded the innovations being undertaken by Massy Gas Products and other stakeholders in the energy sector.“These innovations not only help the companies to remain viable and competitive but they also aid in our efforts to create a modern, efficient, diversified and environmentally sustainable energy sector,” she noted.She hailed the company’s efforts to convert petrol-fuelled vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).“You (Massy Gas Products) are a good part of that (sustainable energy) industry. LPG currently provides about three per cent of all energy consumed and burns relatively cleaner with no soot and very little sulfur emissions,” Mrs. Williams said.“There is a great thrust to find cleaner fuel for our transportation sector. So I was happy to hear about the product that you (Massy Gas Products) have, having converted about 100 vehicles already (to LPG). This is something I think you should be out there with in a big way in terms of raising the awareness of it,” she added. Mrs. Williams noted that the Council, which will function as a nation decision-making body, will allow for continuity of policy, and will utilise “imperial data-driven information to make strategic and timely decisions”. She was addressing stakeholders prior to a tour of Massy Gas Products Jamaica Limited’s facility in Montego Bay, St. James, on July 5. read more

JAMPRO to Facilitate Initiatives to Reposition the Country to Be More Competitive

Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards noted that the Agency has developed a strong marketing strategy for the industry, with primary focus on attracting more shared services operations to Jamaica. “We will be going to an event soon in Costa Rica, as they are our role model for shared services, as they have about 23 shared services operations for big companies like banks, and these are very high skilled jobs because it is working at the customer service side of banking,” the Ms. Edwards said. Story Highlights The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be facilitating various initiatives to reposition the country to be more competitive in the higher value-added segments in the outsourcing sector. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be facilitating various initiatives to reposition the country to be more competitive in the higher value-added segments in the outsourcing sector.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards noted that the Agency has developed a strong marketing strategy for the industry, with primary focus on attracting more shared services operations to Jamaica.“We will be going to an event soon in Costa Rica, as they are our role model for shared services, as they have about 23 shared services operations for big companies like banks, and these are very high skilled jobs because it is working at the customer service side of banking,” the Ms. Edwards said.“Because of the incursion of robotics into the industry, a lot of traditional jobs are going to be lost, as there will be a reduction in cost across a range of industries, so we have to embrace areas such as technology, that will continue to be steady in terms of employment, and be ready for the jobs of the future,” she added.The President noted that focus will also be placed on improving the ecosystem which includes the establishment of more incubator spaces.“There is a very successful incubator, run by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica in Montego Bay and we are going to be working with the Port Authority of Jamaica on their Portmore informatics Park, as we look towards stimulating the development of more technology parks across the island,” Ms. Edwards informed.She noted that “the challenge for Jamaica is, how do we upskill our people to respond to the increasingly technological demands of the marketplace.”Ms Edwards pointed to the Global Services Sector (GSS) project which is geared at providing better skilled workers to satisfy the demands of the outsourcing industry.The five-year project, being financed through Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan support of US$15 million, is focused on upskilling and preparing persons working in the sector for higher-end jobs in areas such as information technology-enabled services (ITES), knowledge process outsourcing (KPO), and legal process outsourcing (LPO).A critical component of this project will be driven mainly by JAMPRO, where focus will be placed on attracting investments; increasing exports; the institutional, regulatory and incentive frameworks that govern the GSS; and the development of a digital management system, which will serve as a one-stop-shop platform to consolidate trade and business information and strengthen decision-making. read more

Easier Access to Services on Legal Aid Website

Story Highlights It also provides information on assistance provided in procuring experts to advance the case of the defendant, such as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in relation to sexual offences; handwriting, sign language and interpreter; as well as legal representation for suspects and accused in criminal matters. Legal Officer, LAC, Kerona Spence, said the dedicated website, developed in-house at the Ministry of Justice, is the latest addition to the Council’s social media platforms as it seeks to create greater public awareness about its legal-aid resources. Listed on the website is the panel of attorneys in service to the Council. “The Legal Aid Council has approximately 730 attorneys. Over 200 are Senior Counsel and 11, Queen’s Counsel,” Ms. Spence noted. The recently launched Legal Aid Council (LAC) website will ensure that citizens have easier access to services and information provided by the Council.Legal Officer, LAC, Kerona Spence, said the dedicated website, developed in-house at the Ministry of Justice, is the latest addition to the Council’s social media platforms as it seeks to create greater public awareness about its legal-aid resources.“We have Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and now our website. It was created with every Jamaican in mind,” she said at the launch held on Wednesday (September 4) at the Ministry of Justice, Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew.The site, which can be accessed at legalaidcouncil.moj.gov.jm, highlights the services and programmes of the LAC.These include consultation, legal information, application to relist for matters adjourned sine die, petitions to the Governor-General, and application for review of inmates held at the Court’s pleasure.It also provides information on assistance provided in procuring experts to advance the case of the defendant, such as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in relation to sexual offences; handwriting, sign language and interpreter; as well as legal representation for suspects and accused in criminal matters.The Legal Aid Act and Regulations are mounted on the website, and there are details about the internship programme, which offers real-world experience to law students. Interns are able to witness first-hand criminal practice by attending court, assisting clients from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, and through various assignments given by the Council.Listed on the website is the panel of attorneys in service to the Council. “The Legal Aid Council has approximately 730 attorneys. Over 200 are Senior Counsel and 11, Queen’s Counsel,” Ms. Spence noted.The LAC provided legal assistance for 2, 484 cases in the Parish Courts during the 2018/2019 fiscal year, representing a 17.3 per cent increase from the previous fiscal year.Legal aid representation was also provided for 2,821 persons who were unable to afford legal fees, through duty counsel representation. read more