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Moreover, in respect of the permanently disabled, existing measures will be continued, such as the provision of disability assistance grants and welfare assistance such as access to housing, including affordable rental units and social services. Measures to address vagrancy and the socially displaced will also be strengthened. Centres will be established to ascertain the best support for this group and guide them with care to the appropriate social institutions. Prisoners will also be targeted through initiatives such as the adoption of a restorative justice system, which will be geared towards preparing inmates for successful reintegration into and engagement with society.Goal 7: Trinidad and Tobago will have a modern, relevant education and training systemIn the short term, the education system must be made modern, inclusive, accessible and relevant. Modern pertains to establishing a sustainable plan to ensure that basic school infrastructure is maintained and upgraded. Accessibility includes ensuring that the educational requirements of special needs students are met, towards greater equity. This includes persons with learning disabilities.The relevance of the education system to the development needs of the economy will also be immediately tackled. This will help close the current gap between the demand and supply of labour as well as help develop a labour market system that will meet the medium and long term needs of the country. The relevance of the education system also pertains to ensuring that positive values and behaviours are instilled in our nation’s youth towards building a progressive society and a disciplined workforce.89-90V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Development Strategies to 2020
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Strategic Initiatives/Actions7.1Adopt best practices in education administrationOur education system must adhere to international best practice in a number of areas. This includes compulsory teacher skills upgrade and training at all levels of the education system, knowledge of up-to-date teaching methods such as the use of ICTs and particularly those that support innovation and entrepreneurship. It also entails providing clear prospects for career advancement for all teachers and modernising the legislation governing the education system. These issues must be addressed in collaboration with the teachers’ union. 7.2Maintain and upgrade school infrastructureAt present, the existing school infrastructure must be adequately maintained and upgraded. All schools will be outfitted with the relevant IT infrastructure to ensure that they have free access to fast, broadband internet. 7.3Revise the school curriculum to emphasise core values, nationalism and workforce readiness skillsCore values must be taught in schools. These include discipline, production, tolerance, civic responsibility and lifelong learning. Knowledge of our cultural diversity must be taught in order to promote cohesiveness and, our country's history and geography must also be imparted.
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