The aim of the initiative is to have educators directly related to tourism studies get a first-hand visitor experience and integrate their experience into their classroom thus encouraging careers in the dynamic and exciting industry that is Tourism.
In this regard, the Ministry of Tourism through its Tourism Training and Awareness department hosted 50 Social Science teachers from secondary and primary schools to a guided taxi tour and Lunch at Dennis Beach Bar and Restaurant.
The island tour which journeyed from St. John’s was a replication of what visitors to our island would receive.
The tour was conducted by Vacation Taxi’s and Tours and the places visited where inclusive of Betty’s Hope, Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley’s Heights, and Fig Tree Drive among others.
Prizes were raffled and won by the teacher’s compliments Tropical Adventures, Copper and Lumber Hotel, Dennis Beach Bar and Restaurant and the Ministry of Tourism.
The activity was well received by the teachers.
Roslyn Charles the Social Science Teacher from the Piggott’s Primary School notes “It was really an enlightening and informative tour. It was well-planned and carefully executed. I enjoyed it immensely. As a teacher, I felt like I mattered and that I do play an integral role to the Tourism product in Antigua and Barbuda.”
Mrs. Petley O’Keiffe-Knight the Tourism Training, Education and Awareness Manager noted that “the Minister of Tourism the Honorable Asot A. Michael understands the need for a strong partnership with the ministry of education in ensuring a sustainable product. Such an initiative will not be a one off; we will continue collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as the fruit of this partnership will only result in a stronger tourism product.”
Head of the Social Sciences Unit Mr. Phillip Lloyd has pledged his departments continued support to this initiative stating that “The Social Sciences Unit will continue to partner with the Ministry of Tourism and other agencies to bring real-life experiences to Social Science teachers.”