Remarks by Ambassador NIU Qingbao At Jamaica Teaching Council Awards Luncheon

Kingston, Jamaica

26 January, 2017

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen,

Dr. Winsome Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Teaching Council,

Dr. Hixwell Douglas, Chiarman,

Dr. Michele Meredith, Special Education Project Coordinator, Confereance Chairperson,

Recipients of Jamaica Teaching Council Awards,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good afternoon.

I am honored to be able to contribute to this Award ceremony, join you today and congratulate all recipients of Jamaica Teaching Council Awards. May I also express my highest respect for the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC), which, since its establishment in 2008, has been a part of the education transformation strategy to improve the quality and coverage of education in Jamaica.

China and Jamaica are very different. But we share something in common. We both respect teachers and value education. Teachers are the engineer of the human soul and the communicator of human culture. This is extremely true with the special education teachers. They can do and are doing a tremendous job. And their contribution to the society can never be overestimated. Today is a good chance that all the outstanding special educators are saluted for the difference they have made.

China and Jamaica are good partners in education. China shares experience and skills for development with Jamaica on need-basis. So far, China has given full scholarship to more than 200 Jamaican youths and funded the training of over 1,000 officials and professionals. China Software Engineering College, a joint venture between UWI and Global Institute of Software Technology in Jiangsu, China, has started training students in ICT sector. UWI China Institute of Information Technology (UWICIIT), founded jointly bu UWI and Jiangsu University, China, will soon start enrollment in Jiangsu. These two institutes will train hundreds of technical talents for Jamaica in the BPO sector.

Our exchanges and assistance in education are two-way. Jamaica has offered 10 full government scholarships to train Chinese sports coaches and students. The last four of them have completed their fruitful training at G.C. Foster College in 2016.

During his visit to China in December 2016, Education Minister Ruel Reid signed a Memorandum of Understanding on faculty exchanges and training with the Ministry of Education of China. As the first step, five Chinese teachers will be designated to teach in secondary and elementary schools in Jamaica and five Jamaican teachers to teach in China.

It's my sincere wish that our intensified cooperation can achieve new progresses in building and maintaining competences of teachers and improving the quality and coverage of education in both our countries. I believe that through closer cooperation and exchagnes in education, we can learn from each other and jonitly exalt our nations.

In closing, I express once again my personal respect to all awards recipients and wish you all personal health, family happiness and career success!

Thank you.

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