History of MRD
The Media Resource Department (MRD) formerly the Audio Visual Aids Department was set up just after World War II when the Visual Aids Section was formed at the Department of Education. However, the department was fully established by an Act of Parliament in 1969.
The concept of revolutionizing teaching methods in Barbados was introduced by the first Director of Education in Barbados, Mr Howard Hayden in 1945 when he introduced the use of visual aids in the teaching process. These initiatives were undertaken by the department and included the Visual Education Workshop, the Visual Education Library, the Mobile Cinema Unit and the Visual Education Film Unit which came into operation in 1950 and worked in collaboration with the Mobile Cinema which showed all films produced by the Unit. 'Give your child a chance' was the first film produced by the Unit in 1951. The Audio Visual Aids Department was renamed The Media Resource Department in 2008.
Sixty-five years later and in keeping with the global digital trends, the MRD remains one of the only such facilities in the Caribbean and the world that provides a varied and wide resource support to teachers and students. The department has vigorously undertaken to maintain its legacy while adapting to change and maintaining relevance and innovation.
Changing technologies and advances in teaching methodologies further strengthened the capacity of the department to provide technological support to the education system. As a result, the department embarked on a number of programmes to support teaching and learning by encouraging innovation in classroom presentations. This significant contribution to enhance the delivery of education in Barbados using new and innovative technological advancements in the form of Educational Radio and Educational Television (ETV) has proven to be fundamental in the overall approach, provision and delivery of quality education in the teaching/learning process. In addition, the Software Review Centre, which is housed in the MRD's Education Media Resource Centre, provides a facility for teachers to review software and also has the capacity to aid in the production of quality indigenous software.
Focused workshops intended to help teachers become competent in using media resources to enrich their teaching and maximize learning are among the services provided. Extended opening with renewed emphasis on the production of curriculum based indigenous learning materials to produce culturally relevant learning materials and fully digital colour printing press identify the MRD as a department that is ready and able to secure its future. An establishment focused on its mission with a view of preserving a legacy for the future as it vigorously pursues the objectives of its mission statement:
Our mandate is to contribute to the attainment of the highest standards in education, through training in and the provision of educational media resources, consistent with the goals and policies of the Ministry of Education