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Consultation on human values next month

Published: 
Monday, October 12, 2015

A national consultation on human values will be held next term with all stakeholders playing a pivotal role, says Education Minister Anthony Garcia.

The minister was responding to a suggestion by Indian High Commissioner Shri Gauri Shankar Gupta at the celebration of the 51st Indian Technical and Economic Co-operation Programme (ITEC) held at India House, Federation Park, on Thursday night.

Gupta said education must take in human values which could help young people move away from crime and negative behaviour in society.

In response, Garcia said the proposed conference would assist in sorting out these problems and by advancing solutions in society.

Garcia said in 1964 under the late Indian prime minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru ITEC, “became instituted to help developing countries in expanding the capacity of their human resources. In that one year alone over 10,000 training slots were offered to 161 countries.

He said, “In the case of the first prime minister of India Pundit Nehru and T&T’s first prime minister Dr Eric Williams, both fathers of their respective nations India, and Trinidad and Tobago, their determination and friendship supported their arduous task of nation building. The legacy of the English underpinned the education system while the traditions of the people challenged the rate of development of the evolving nations.” 

The minister said both men were pragmatist and both recognised that education would be the key to the development of their independent nations. 

Gupta said that since its inception over 500 students from T&T have benefitted under ITEC.

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