Why St Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis is a twin-island nation in the Eastern Caribbean. The country gained independence from Britain in 1983. An active member of the international community, St. Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Commonwealth, and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries, among others. The country leads the Eastern Caribbean in economic growth and consistently ranks high on the UN human development index.
The first Commonwealth Caribbean country to introduce free universal secondary education in 1968, education has been a priority for successive governments. With a commitment to provide equitable access to high quality education, the country boasts a literacy rate of 98% and has the highest technology penetration within CARICOM. St. Kitts and Nevis currently serves as the lead country for Health and Human Resource Development in CARICOM, including matters related to education and capacity building.
Known for its cloud-shrouded mountains, tropical rain forest, pristine beaches, historical preservation and modern infrastructure, the country is an attractive tourism, business and convention destination.
Visitors can enjoy both islands during their stay. Travel between St. Kitts and Nevis is easy. Ferries provide a leisurely 30-minute ride. Water taxis will transport passengers from one island to the next in six minutes.
Official Language: English
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). US currency is widely accepted.
The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in Basseterre, receives direct flights from Canada and United States. Air Canada has direct flights from Toronto in the fall. American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines offer daily connections from Miami, Atlanta, and New York (United States). Air India and British Airways have flights from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. British Airways, American, and Air Canada fly between the UK and Saint Kitts, with British Airways leaving London Gatwick twice a week. Visitors from Canada, India, Australia, the United States, Britain and European Union do not require a visa for stays under 90 days.
Why a conference in St Kitts and Nevis
The location of the island offers a great opportunity for researchers and experts from Commonwealth countries, and other regions, to come together and discuss teaching and learning from a leadership perspective. It also offers opportunities for Caribbean-based practitioners to share best practices. St Kitts and Nevis places higher education as an important pillar for the economic and social development of its population. The emergence of global issues related to teaching and learning demonstrates the need for leaders, practitioners, teachers and researchers to discuss common challenges.