The Education Ministry is currently hosting a three-day retreat for its Regional Education Officers (REDO) in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) aimed at developing strategies for the new Education Strategic Plan 2019-2023.Deputy Chief Education Officer (Administration), Ingrid TrotmanIn a statement, the Ministry said the conference is tailored to ensure the officers are able to demonstrate effective management and supervisory skills in the dispensation of their daily functions in their respective regions. The educators were encouraged to submit accurate and timely reports with a view of ensuring that issues affecting education and schools in the regions are addressed expeditiously.Education Minster Nicolette Henry believes schools can achieve more if these learning institutions are properly managed and supervised, and training in this regard will assist. The rationale behind the retreat is that the REDOs will ultimately work with school leaders to achieve the desired outcomes which will eventually lead to improved school administrations. Additionally, it is envisaged that better relationships will be fostered among the education officers, head teachers, teachers and the central ministry.“Added to that, under the guidance of the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Administration), Ingrid Trotman, the officers will also be brainstorming strategies for the new Education Strategic Plan (2019-2023). It is at this juncture that the education officers will have an opportunity to articulate their vision for the education sector in their region,” the statement said.Meanwhile, President of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) Mark Lyte is attending the conference and is expected to deliver a presentation. Lyte said his presence at the conference underscores the importance of the GTU and the Education Ministry working closely to ensure that the education system works for all and is churning out the desired children.Over the next three days, there will be various presentations from officers and other resource persons aimed at building capacity among the Regional Education Officers.