At the Third Ministerial Meeting of Ministers of Education in the Americas which took place in 2003 in Mexico, a request for a focus on teacher quality was tabled. The response to this request was the four year hemispheric project entitled Responses to the challenge of improving the quality of recruitment and selection, initial formation, professional development and evaluation of teachers in countries of the hemisphere”. The project allowed each of the five regions of the hemisphere to have its own focus, based on perceived needs and priorities. The focus for the Caribbean region was on harmonizing teacher education policy across member states, and revising teacher education in keeping with international standards and good practice. The Caribbean project was coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Trinidad and Tobago, with the support of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

The document A harmonized policy framework for Teacher Education in the Caribbean is the output from the activities of first year of the project.  It was informed by a survey of the status of teacher education in the CARICOM member countries and the outputs from workshops on best practices, policy and standards development.  It represents the results of three regional workshops with teacher educators and Ministry of Education officers from across the region which outlines a harmonized policy framework for upgrading teacher education in member states of the Caribbean Community.

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