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By Aabigayle McIntosh
Education Minister Daryll Mathew announced over the weekend that classes in the new wing of the Harrison Center at the Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education (ABICE) will commence in the first week of February this year.
Minister Mathew expressed pride in the facility, emphasizing its significance for all Antiguans and Barbudans.
“We have just signed an MOU with InfoTech, the largest technical institution in the Dominican Republic, creating a valuable connection between their institution and our Spanish-speaking community. Additionally, we are forming a partnership with a Canadian institution for capacity building and expert training,” Minister Mathew disclosed.
The new wing, funded by British Philanthropist Sir David Harrison with a contribution of 4 million pounds, is set to offer short courses in plumbing, electrical work, masonry, and carpentry starting in February.
The expansion aims to enhance technical and vocational education, providing valuable skills to the people of Antigua and Barbuda.
The ABICE, formed in 2007 through the amalgamation of three social programs, focuses on offering Technical and Vocational Education Programmes, providing students with a second chance and lifelong learning opportunities.
The financial support from the Harrison Centre is expected to transform ABICE into a world-class facility for technical and vocational training, fostering the development of critical skills in Antigua and Barbuda.