UWI and UNESCO sign cultural agreement – NationNews Barbados – nationnews.com
Bridgetown – The open campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has signed an agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to collaborate on its Transcultura program.
The program, which integrates Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through culture and creativity, aims to harness diversity and build bridges between peoples and cultures from different linguistic areas. The program is implemented by UNESCO and funded by the European Union.
It will be implemented in two phases, the first focusing on improving the skills and capacities of young cultural professionals, while the second will focus on expanding opportunities through knowledge transfer and exchange.
“These activities will be carried out through the creation of a regional cultural training center in Cuba which will be linked to the relevant Caribbean institutions. The program will promote entrepreneurship, socio-economic projects and collaboration in the cultural and creative sectors, heritage and tourism throughout the Caribbean region and within the EU, ”according to a statement published here.
He indicated perspectives from 17 Caribbean countries, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, the Dominican Republic and Cuba – will be targeted for this program.
The Acting Director of the Open Campus, Dr Francis O. Severin, said that “The Open Campus continues to demonstrate its pan-Caribbean commitment and dynamics, as well as its sensitivity to the inclusiveness that this initiative operationalizes with so much elegance.
This is what I call authentic cultural activism, ”he said, while UNESCO’s Transcultura program coordinator, Alessandra Borchi, said“ we are delighted to partner with the University. of the Antilles for this pioneering initiative.
“This is fully in line with Transcultura’s strategic objective to support the professionalization of the region’s cultural and creative sectors, while empowering young people. ”
The program will include courses selected from the Open Campus Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) modules in Small Business Management; Effective management and leadership; Project management; Finance for non-financial managers; Introduction to small business / entrepreneurship; Effective commercial communication as well as financial monitoring and evaluation; Sales and marketing management; Brand management; and writing grant proposals.
These modules will be offered in both phases of the program, with the first phase starting in September 2021 and the second phase in January 2022.
The expected number of beneficiaries will be around 330. The program will also include a blended teacher training course that will expose 180 Cuban and Caribbean teachers to a variety of learning experiences incorporating the use of technology.
“It is with pleasure that we implement the Transcultura program in partnership with UNESCO. We hope this program will strengthen relations between Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean, thereby improving the regional integration process, ”said Anneshia Welsh, who heads the UWI Business Development Unit.
“The UWI Open Campus is proud to announce this collaboration with UNESCO which aligns perfectly with the UWI mission statement:” to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the whole world ”. The Transcultura program will bring together creative abilities that will lead to cross-cultural fertilization for all involved, ”Welsh added.