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The Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) project, run jointly by the SRC in Jamaica and NIHERST in Trinidad & Tobago, targets teachers and students at both the primary and secondary levels. A total of eight schools have been selected to participate in each country.
INVOCAB will increase the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of students and improve teacher competencies in Science. This should translate to an overall increase in successful external examinations at the primary and secondary levels, and the generation of marketable ideas to solve energy use and food production issues affecting both island states. Results of the project will be replicated at the national level through the provision of education policy recommendations. Participating schools will benefit from teacher training workshops, summer camps for students, upgraded laboratory facilities, and be challenged via an Innovation Competition. On a wider scale, the establishment of two Science Centers at the MICO University College and Church Teachers’ College in Jamaica, will provide well needed hands on experience for students, and the general public alike.

 

The Caribbean CIC is one of eight CICs being established across the World: Kenya (www.kenyacic.org), Ethiopia, India, South Africa, Vietnam, Morocco, the Caribbean and Ghana. The CCIC has been established as a Consortium which is jointly managed by two leading scientific institutions in the Caribbean, the Scientific Research Council (SRC) (www.src.gov.jm) based in Kingston,Jamaica and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) (www.cariri.com) based in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) was developed under a Global partnership program infoDev (www.infodev.org) within the World Bank and it received an initial grant by the World Bank’s Development Grant Facility (DGF). infoDev works in partnership with other development programs, with World Bank/IFC colleagues, and with stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors in the developing world.

infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP) (www.infodev.org/climate) empowers developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop and deploy climate smart (clean tech) technologies and business models. This program part of the broader Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) (www.infodev.org/epic) program being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The CTP is creating a global network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) that provide a country-driven approach to climate change and allow countries to achieve their green growth objectives. It targets the early stages of innovation, including the key role of entrepreneurs and growth-oriented startups. Climate Technology Program (CTP).
 



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