Hertfordshire County Council shares its expertise with the British Virgin Islands

Published: 20 Dec 2019

Government officials from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have benefited from the know-how of Hertfordshire County Council on topics such as education provision for children with special needs, teacher training and community projects.


Deputy Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Mark Mills-Bishop hosted a visit at County Hall from the BVI Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, the Honourable Dr Natalio Wheatley, who also met with Tania Rawle, the county council’s Head of Standards and Accountability from Children's Services.


The meeting was arranged at the request of the BVI Government who is keen to learn from Hertfordshire County Council to develop key areas of its work.


Cllr Mark Mills-Bishop said: “This international visit was a fantastic opportunity to build our on-going twinning partnership with our friends from the British Virgin Islands which began before the 2012 Olympics.


“Minister Wheatley is interested in setting up farming allotments in the BVI under his agriculture revitalisation programme and colleagues at East Herts District Council and Hertford Town Council organised a visit to local allotments and the Mudlarks charity to see their fantastic work.


“The Minister and his team were also keen to learn about the technical assistance which can be provided for children with special needs in education, specifically students with cognitive and physical disabilities. It was a very informative and enjoyable visit and we look forward to their next visit.”


The visitors were also given up to date information about teacher training, as well as establishing a system for teacher licensing and evaluation.


Prior to visiting Hertfordshire, Minister Wheatley met with officials from the government’s Department for Education, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).


The Minister's visit to Hertfordshire County Council and the Cromwell Road allotments in Hertford actively sought to renew and further strengthen the BVI's partnership with UK regional authorities on matters of importance to its development.