Education never stops
Ramona Wells is a firm believer that education never stops. As such, Wells, who teaches at the junior school level, recently completed a master’s degree in public policy management which she adds to her Bachelor’s of Education degree with a specialization in computer information systems. She also has multiple certifications in human resource and strategic management, technology integration, ICT (information and communications technology) tools and skills, classroom management and public relations and communication.
Prior to pursuing her master’s she was posted at a junior school as the business studies subject coordinator. It is her hope that the education she has obtained can be utilized to assist in drafting and implementing policies that she says will benefit education and the public service in its efforts to modernize and transform them into what she says are 21st century organizations.
“It is my belief that learning and professional development should be continuous. As an educator, I thought it was time that I widen my scope and look at ways to effect change in the area of education reform and technology policy. This degree offered just that,” said Davis-Wells.
She completed her degree program with a 3.75 grade point average, wrote two supervised research papers (SRP) and published four articles that were added into the KDI School’s management journals.
Wells returned home in December from her most recent one-year study at the KDI School in Sejong City, South Korea, for which she was awarded a full Organization of American States (OAS) scholarship. She was selected for one of four spots among more than 250 candidates throughout OAS-affiliated countries.
“My time in South Korea has opened my eyes to the wealth of possibilities that await us in the areas of public policy, education reform and strategic management.”
Wells, who returned home in December 2018, said she expects to now collaborate and assist in implementing some of the techniques and tools learned to better the Bahamian educational system.
While in South Korea she was named the Bahamas Student Ambassador for 2018 and was chosen to represent the school at various conferences, symposiums and seminars — the United Nations Conference on Good Governance, Sustainable Development Goals East Asia Symposium and Human Resource Development seminar.
She said her most memorable moments included the times she participated in global collaboration projects hosted at the school, which she said allowed her to take a look at global challenges and then use brainstorming efforts to address them. As a global ambassador Wells and the teams looked at education reform and organizational leadership and how it could be addressed by implementing strategic management tools.
“The KDI School’s learning environment is intense and its student achievement level is ranked number one in the area of public policy development. My time in South Korea was intense. On average, I think I slept five hours a day. The school is very competitive. Being educated is revered and a necessity, so students must succeed in order to be successful. Education for many of the students is a way out of poverty and as such is taken very seriously.”
Wells said sleeping and eating for her became unimportant during the year in South Korea, in order for her to stay on top of her assignments, quizzes, examinations, presentations and research papers.
“The school is made up of the best and brightest students from more than 70 countries totaling about 180 international students and 200 students from Korea,” said Wells
She said the most difficult course she conquered was the Korean language.
“It was difficult learning a new language and its phonetic composition, but in the end, I was able to successfully complete the course. I am now able to read words written in Hangul (Korean letters) and can have a basic conversation as well,” she said.
Overall, she said the experience is one that she will remember for a lifetime.
Wells was the third Bahamian student to attend the institution, and the first Bahamian student to be chosen as a school ambassador. When she arrived, she met Isheika Cleare completing her final semester.
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