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The Sam Sharpe Teachers College is not only one of the top teacher training institutions in Jamaica, it is right there among the top colleges in Jamaica too - teacher or not!
And although I did not attend the institution, I have a personal connection to it. My youngest sister is a proud graduate (and is doing very well) of this esteemed institution but it is also a part of our small community.
"Sam Sharpe Teachers' College is a special institution, because it holds the name of National Hero, the Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, who embodied the spirit of freedom.
One of the main attributes of education is to free the mind and to free up humankind, therefore Sam Sharpe embodied that," Dr. Pinnock reportedly told JIS News in an interview.
The school has truly come a far way since it's inception in 1975 by the Government of Jamaica through the World Bank II programme.
With now over 2000 students on roll and 51 members of staff, it continues to provide a dynamic programme of activities to help trainee teachers actualize their true potential and make their contribution to Jamaica's nation building.
Since its inception, the college has graduated thousands of trained professionals (Sharpies), who are currently making their
mark on Jamaica's (and the world) development.
Special note must be made of it's longest serving steward, Ms Cecil Walden. Dr. Walden has honoured in 2010 for over 40 years of dedicated service to the college and the general teaching profession in Jamaica.
The main programme on offer at the school was the Diploma in Teaching, which was three years in duration full-time and four years and two summers part-time, but according to a JIS report, the College was expected to commence the four-year full-time degree programme this month with the Diploma being phased out.
There are also courses in Primary, Early Childhood and Special Education, Guidance and Counselling, Music, English Language and Literature.
Additionally, they also offers Post Graduate Diploma /Advance Placement & Switching/Upgrading Programme.
In 2018, the college opened its diagnostic centre for at-risk students. The centre utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach to provide children with direct access to clinicians, who will conduct psycho-educational assessment and developmental screening, as well as consultations with other professionals to address diagnostic questions and offer recommendation for appropriate intervention.
There is also good news for sports-loving students who want to fulfill their dream of a degree in Physical Education, as discussions are underway with G.C. Foster College on this possibility.
In 2016, they forged a strategic partnership with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) to provide tertiary training for the maritime industry. (source)
The school also boast a fully equipped language laboratory at the institution. The facility, which was officially opened on November 20, 2014, was established through a partnership with the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation (SJF), the Embassy of Spain, and the Digicel Foundation. (Source)
The SJF and the Spanish Embassy contributed teaching software and headsets while the Digicel Foundation provided 20 desktop computers.
They also have a dynamic marching band that one of the best in the island.
Sam Sharpe Teachers' College is currently the only teacher training institution in western Jamaica. It is located in Granville, St. James.
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Hello all pioneers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you remember the fresh tar and marl at Sam Sharpe! What a day it was. All were driving up the hill to the college. …
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The Young Jamaica Ensemble , the stage name for the Sam Sharpe Teachers' College Community Band displayed a rousing performance on their 15th annual 'Recital'. …
Sam Sharpe Teacher College's past student is Teacher Of The Year In New Jersey Not rated yet
Lena McCalla Njee, a past student of Sam Sharp Teachers' College, has won the 2011 Teacher of the Year award for The Irvington school District in New Jersey, …
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