Business View Caribbean | April/May 2022

3 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN VOLUME 9, ISSUE 4 A pproximately 15,000 educators from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are set to benefit from professional development training specially designed for them to assist students in overcoming the learning losses occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. The training is part of the Learning Recovery and Enhancement Programme known as Let’s REAP, which was developed collaboratively among the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and launched in July 2021. The expected outcomes of Let’s REAP are to increase equitable access to quality education and training, enhance learning outcomes for students, and increase their capacity to meet grade level expectations. CARICOM TEACHERS SET FOR TRAINING IN LEARNING RECOVERY, ENHANCEMENT As CARICOM countries forge ahead with implementing the programme, their capacity to successfully execute the key elements of Let’s REAP is expected to be enhanced with the regionally coordinated training programme. The training programme was announced at a recent consultation in which senior education officials, national Let’s REAP focal points and representatives from the CARICOM Secretariat and CDB discussed the progress of implementation, funding support, capacity building, and the approach to programme monitoring and evaluation. Programme Manager for Human Resource Development within the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr Laurette Bristol said the implementing partners, in responding to the expressed needs O p e n i n g L i n e s