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There are plans to extend the Blood Bank s open-
ing hours to facilitate members of the working pop-
ulation who want to give blood.
This comes from acting Minister of Health Dr Tim
Gopeesingh. He was delivering the feature address
at the World Blood Donor Day Walk, which was held
at the Queen's Park Savannah yesterday.
"I am advised by the permanent secretary that
the National Blood Bank will shortly be opened
beyond the normal working hours...I believe that
they are looking at opening up till 9 pm and also
on weekends," he said.
Annually, more than 20,000 units of blood are
donated by members of the public, but Gopeesingh
Acting Minister of Health Tim Gopeesingh, left, and Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston Peters, right, lead the Ministry of
Health annual walk to commemorate World Blood Donor Day yesterday around the Queen's Park Savannah. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
The Caribbean Examination Council
(CXC) will make history in Grenada this
week with the recording of its first-ever
completely video-based syllabus orien-
The recording is being done for the
launch of CXC's CAPE Digital Media Syl-
labus and will be facilitated by BrightPath
Foundation, a Trinidad-based technology
education non-profit. A team of teachers,
CXC officers and volunteer digital media
specialists will be working together to pro-
duce the orientation video. Telecommuni-
cations provider, Columbus Communica-
tions has made its CC6 Community Station
studio resources available to CXC for the
Rhea Yaw Ching, corporate vice president
sales and marketing at Columbus said,
"Columbus has been working closely with
CXC and BrightPath to ensure the success
of this important initiative. A Digital Media
Syllabus is an important inclusion in the
Caribbean curriculum, and it also supports
our large corporate objective of enabling
learning through technology."
A team of teachers, CXC officers and
volunteer digital media specialists will be
working together to produce the orientation
video. Telecommunications provider,
Columbus Communications, has made its
CC6 Community Station studio resources
available to CXC for the occasion.
CXC provides primary, secondary and
post-secondary examinations and other
education services for Caribbean countries.
Registrar and chief executive officer Dr
Didacus Jules said the region's education
system needs to be updated to produce
graduates with the requisite technology-
"Emphasis will be placed on project work
and active participation to ensure that stu-
dents have opportunity to develop both
practical skills and a solid understanding
of how digital media is applied in real-
Bevil Wooding, Congress WBN's Chief
Knowledge Officer and Executive Director
of BrightPath Foundation, is coordinating
the activity in Grenada. He explained that
the newness of the subject matter has
meant that CXC had to turn to technology
to accelerate the syllabus roll-out process.
A special Accelerated CAPE Digital Media
Implementation Strategy has been devel-
oped in collaboration with the CXC's civil-
society partner Congress WBN, a Trinidad-
based international non-profit organization.
"We wanted to ensure the same principles
and tools highlighted in the Digital Media
syllabus were reflected in the approach to
implementation," Wooding said.
In addition to the syllabus orientation
video, Wooding and his BrightPath team
of volunteers are putting together
Caribbean-centric reference texts, digital
and physical teaching aids targeted at teach-
ers, students and parents.
Alice Thomas-Martin, a teacher from St
Benedict's College in San Fernando and
one of the educators selected by CXC to
help create the syllabus, is in Grenada for
"Using digital means to introduce CAPE
Digital Media is a perfect way to kick of
this new syllabus. This is truly a step in
the right direction. I feel privileged to be
contended much more could be done.
"The WHO (World Health Organisation)
recommends that we should collect one
unit for every 20 people every year. We are
appealing therefore, to persons who are eli-
gible to donate blood to do so," he said.
Most people are qualified to donate blood
but must first be in good health and between
the ages of 18 and 65 but do not have any
communicable diseases. One unit of blood,
according to Gopeesingh can save up to
"If you are a regular blood donor, those
of you who have not been please start," he
Meanwhile blood donor, Lauren Legall
called for more efficiency at health insti-
tutions for those who want to give blood.
She relayed her story about giving blood
and pledged to continue doing so.
"I ask that you look into and solve the
current challenges faced by the Blood Bank
and the hospitals in providing efficient and
adequate service to the willing donors."
part of this milestone moment in Caribbean education.
I am excited about introducing this subject to my
students. The subject material lends itself to very
practical and 'hands on' activities which will make
the teaching and learning process very student-cen-
She added, "The majority of my students are
'digital natives' having grown up surrounded by tech-
nology. I know they will be most excited when this
launches in September.
CXC is exploring the possibility of applying the
approach taken for the Digital Media Syllabus other
CXC to record first-ever video-based syllabus orientation
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