WICB wants history of cricket in schools
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Marketing and Communications Manager Carole Beckford says that the body wants to have the 'History of Cricket' added to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations for Physical Education in the future.
Beckford says the intention is to have the younger generation understand how important the sport is to Caribbean unity.
"Physical education (PE) is already on the CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) curriculum," she says. "Because of the strong history of cricket as a subject, we thought it would have been an important partnership with CXC to ensure that the history of West Indies Cricket is being carried on - that people understand how important it is, whether it's social, business or political. If a young student passes through the region and does physical education, they'll understand not just the physical part of it, but the historical and the social context as well."
ON THE PANEL
Beckford was a member of the panel that looked at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) syllabus for physical education.
"Physical education is being looked at broadly. For example, at the SBA (School Based Assessment) level, you could jolly well do a cricket project as part of your assessment. It's just to get it as a subject matter for PE," she says.
She adds that CXC already has a responsibility to foster Caribbean unity.
"Caribbean unity [can already be seen] through CXC, CARICOM, Caribbean exports, and all those organisations that seek to unify the region.
"CXC is from an academic development perspective, and cricket is a topical subject. The history is important. It's not just about pride; it's about carrying on the legacy of what cricket has done and what it continues to do for the Caribbean."
Beckford and the WICB have been meeting with CXC in order to make curriculum addition a reality and she says talks between both organisations are still ongoing.