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Education Minister Visits MUN Education in Harlow

February 11, 2013

Memorial University's Harlow campus hosted Minister of Education Hon. Clyde Jackman this past week, as the minister visited England to discuss comparisons between the school system there and the system in Newfoundland and Labrador. He also met teacher education students residing there while completing a 12-week internship in Harlow schools.

"We are delighted to celebrate and share our long standing connection to Harlow and teacher education in the UK with Minister Jackman," said Dean of Education Kirk Anderson.

"We have a long standing program of placing education students in England and hold great hopes for growing our Harlow campus connection. I hope we can see even more education students and faculty engaged in the Harlow campus in the future."

The sentiments of Dr. Anderson were echoed by those who met the minister in England.

"It was an absolute pleasure to host Minister Jackman and his wife at Passmores Academy," said Susan Byrd of the Academy, which was one of the stops the minister made outside the Harlow campus.

"To have discussions about teaching and learning 'the English way' in comparison to what [is done in Newfoundland and Labrador] was a valuable experience for both of us."

For his part, Minister Jackman was quite complimentary of the Harlow campus and the areas surrounding it.

"I was glad to have the opportunity to visit the Harlow campus and the charming town in which it is situated," said Minister Jackman. "It was a great pleasure to meet Memorial University students there and to hear about how they are broadening their experiences by doing their teaching training in English schools. It is clear that our education system is producing some remarkable, enthusiastic and energetic young people who can use their education to compete professionally anywhere in the world."

Other areas related to education that arose during the visit included teacher accountability, school-based leadership, and educational management, all of which served to provide both sides with quality information on providing the best education possible to young students.