CKLN History & Timeline
2002 – Need for Competitiveness
7 Prime Ministers of Eastern Caribbean States and Barbados met with the then president of the World Bank, Mr. James Wolfenson and articulated that the well being of the Caribbean society in the 21st Century is directly linked to our economies becoming more globally competitive. The prescription for achieving competitiveness for the region was clear and succinct - diversify the economies of the Caribbean through:
- the promotion and use of new technologies,
- institutional innovation and regional cooperation, embodied in the concept of a Centre of Excellence.
2003 – CKLN Project Developed
With seed monies from the World Bank, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) project was developed, with a strategic goal to enhance the global competitiveness of the Caribbean region by upgrading and diversifying the skills and knowledge of its human resources through greater regional collaboration and connectivity. The Prime Minister of Grenada and Head responsible for Science and Technology, Dr. the Honourable Keith Mitchell, was asked to lead the CKLN Project on behalf of the region and provide supervisory responsibility. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat was mandated to assist in securing the funding for the implementation of the Project.
2004 – CKLN Established as a Foundation
The Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) was established under the Companies Act of Grenada in 2004 and registered as a regional not-for-profit foundation with its headquarters in St. Georges, Grenada in the Eastern Caribbean. A Council of Ministers drawn from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States, established a Board of Directors made up of Caribbean professionals and a Chief Executive Officer was appointed to manage the affairs of the Foundation.
2006 C@ribNET Recommended
In July 2006, the Heads of Government of CARICOM mandated that The Caribbean Knowledge Learning Network, CKLN, be established as an Intergovernmental Agency of CARICOM with responsibility for the development and management of a high capacity, broadband fiber optic network called C@ribNET, connecting all CARICOM member states.
2007 C@ribNET Endorsed
In July 2007, CKLN presented a proposal for developing a regional broadband fiber optic network to Heads of Government of the CARICOM.
2010 - Consolidation
CARICOM agreed the Caribbean Knowledge Learning Network Agency be established as an institution of the CARICOM, pursuant to Article 21 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. (create link to this on CARICOM or CKLN website)
Activities Over the Years
In order to comply with the mandates of CARICOM, CKLN engaged in much research, liaising with existing international networks (Internt2, redCALRA, Géante), in order to prepare proposals, budgets and work plans. They sought funding from international and regional donors and also worked with numerous independent Caribbean states, many with no, or differing, regulatory frameworks.
However, in anticipation of C@ribNET, CKLN also implemented or facilitated a number of other activities:
- Funded a Regional Collaboration Workshop where stakeholder representatives from the Tertiary Education Community reviewed current initiatives and recommended future activities to encourage regional collaboration.
- Funded a Regional Consultation on Quality Assurance (QA) and Accreditation issues with representatives from National Accreditation Agencies, TLIs and QA specialists.
- Funded a Regional Consultation for the integration of ICT into the teaching and learning process with representatives from the Ministries of Education and TLIs.
- Established the CKLN Regional Institutional Strengthening Advisory Committee (CRISPAC) and National Advisory Committee of Jamaica to provide high-level guidance to CKLN’s institutional strengthening programme.
- Work with state institutions in fourteen (14) Caribbean countries, training faculty and administrative staff, introducing Student Records Management System (SRMS) and providing hardware
- Facilitating study visits for regional faculty to tertiary institutions in Canada