Empowering others to live limitlessly - Interview with Rajesh Durbal

by Hannah Enightoola and Ria Eustace, the CREN Team

CREN Team members Hannah Enightoola and Ria Eustace recently had the honour of chatting with Rajesh Durbal, a triple-amputee professional triathlete, author, inventor, film producer and former IT engineer who created history in 2010 when he became the world’s first triple amputee to compete and finish in the Iron Man Triathlon Championships in Hawaii, USA. Rajesh was born without fibula bones in both legs and a partially developed right arm. Doctors amputated both legs below the knees and he was fitted with prosthetics at a year and a half. He is the Founder and CEO of Live Free, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help persons that are lost and suffering become empowered to live their best lives. Rajesh shared his motivations, challenges and successes in competing athletically at a professional level and empowering persons globally.

International Women's Day 2017

The Caribbean Research Empowerment Network and The University of the West Indies Family Development Centre join with the global community today in observing International Women's Day. It is a time for us to reflect on the progress made in our Caribbean communities, to continue to work towards finding solutions and to celebrate the perseverance and courage of women regionally and internationally.

The 2017 theme as set by the United Nations is: Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030
"The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights." (Read more here.)

CREN members, what are you thoughts on this year's theme? With the changing world of work, what are the implications for Caribbean women? Who are some of the amazing women who inspire you? Share your stories in the comments below! We look forward to reading your stories as we celebrate the achievements, determination and courage of women around the world.


Dr. Carol Logie appointed Chair for Early Childhood Education Technical Working Group by the CARICOM Secretariat

Dr LogieDr. Carol Logie, Administrative Director of The UWI Family Development CentreCongratulations to Dr. Carol Logie, the Administrative Director of The UWI Family Development Centre on her new role as the Chair for the Early Childhood Education Technical Working Group of CARICOM! The CARICOM Secretariat has established five Technical Working Groups to improve human resource development across the Caribbean.

"The Working Groups will develop specific sector policies and standards for the broadening and deepening of equitable access and facilitate relevance and quality in Regional education and training. The Technical Working Groups are Taskforces comprising six key regional experts and one internationally renowned expert who have volunteered their expertise for the advancement of the Region’s Human Resource Development. The five groups cover early childhood education, teaching innovations and educational leadership, open and distance learning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education, external quality assurance/accreditation and qualifications systems and tertiary education."  
(Source: CARICOM Today, 2017)

We at the CREN look forward to continued success with Dr. Logie as we work towards our goals of healthy child and family development across the Caribbean. You can read more about the Technical Working Groups and share your feedback here.

Happy new year from the CREN Team!

Dear readers,

Happy new year from The University of the West Indies - Family Development Centre and the CREN Team! We thank you for your immense support last year. It was indeed a pleasure to share knowledge and learn together with each of you as we worked toward our goals of child and family development in our communities. For 2017 you can look out for new Learning Events, research findings and CREN content

Also, we are pleased to announce that we have re-opened our Counselling Services and introduced Psychological Services, provided at no cost to the public. These services are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. Call us at 662-2002, Extension 84510 or 663-8914 to schedule your appointment today!