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CXC celebrates 40 years

The Caribbean Examinations Council will start its 40th anniversary celebrations this Sunday, January 20, with a series of interfaith and thanksgiving services across the region.

In Barbados, CXC’s headquarters, a service of thanksgiving will be held at the St. Matthias Anglican Church starting at 4 p.m. In Jamaica, home of CXC’s Western Zone Office, a service will be held at the Webster Memorial United Church, 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10, starting at 9:45 a.m.

The Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago is hosting an interfaith service at the St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church on the Eastern Main Road in Tunapuna. The service starts at 10 a.m. and will have representation from the Baha’i, Orisha, Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Minister of Education Tim Gopeesingh, will deliver an address at the service.

At the service in Barbados, Dr. Didacus Jules, Registrar of CXC, will deliver CXC 40th anniversary message to the guests. The message will be read at the other services around the region.

In that message, Jules will pay tribute to the founding fathers of CXC and previous registrars.

“We pay tribute to the visionary founders — one of whom, Sir Roy Augier, is thankfully still with us — and to all who preceded us in leadership and in service. We acknowledge the work done by the succession of registrars: Major Rudolph Daniel, Wilfred Beckles, Irene Walter, and Dr Lucy Steward,” Jules stated.

Jules said the 40th anniversary was the time to recommit to that vision — far ahead of its time — that understood the power of examinations to serve as instruments of educational transformation rather than as impositions of petrified standards.

Throughout the year 2013, CXC will host a series of activities to celebrate the significant milestone.

The activities include the opening of the new CXC headquarters in Barbados; two Visual Arts exhibitions in Dominica and in Jamaica; Honouring of 40 CXC stalwarts; a 40th anniversary lecture; special staff appreciation function and the publication of two special issues of the Caribbean Examiner magazine.

The CXC 40th anniversary is being celebrated under the theme: Celebrating the Accomplishments: Remembering the Journey. Alickson Atkinson from the Commonwealth of Dominica submitted the winning theme during a competition hosted on Facebook in 2012.

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