UNESCO Education UIL

Caribbean Educational Research Information Service (CERIS), Trinidad and Tobago

In the absence of specialized adult education documentation centres, CERIS provides invaluable information services on adult education in and on the English–speaking Caribbean. The online databases provided by CERIS contain bibliographic information, abstracts, and location information where possible.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Education, Further training

User Profile:

Students; researchers; documentalists; regional organizations; international organizations

Contact Information


School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

(+1–868) 662 2002, Ext. 83336
(+1–868) 662 6615
Contact person:
Lynda Quamina–Aiyejina

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
University of the West Indies (UWI), School of Education
Dr. Jeniffer Mohammed
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Caribbean Countries (English speaking)
Working Languages:


Books and Documents:
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
UNESCO: IBE Education Thesaurus; UNESCO Thesaurus; CERIS Thesaurus and Name Authority File
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Literature searches; reference lists; photocopies; referrals; requests in person, by phone, fax, mail and e–mail; reference services; abstracts

Publications Produced

Education and Training: A partially annotated bibliography (1) in Dominica (2000); (2) in  St. Kitts and Nevis (2000); (3) in Belize (2001); (4) in Montserrat (2002); (5) in Grenada (2002); (6) St. Vincent and the Grenadines (2003); (7) in Antigua and Barbuda (2003); (8) in Cayman Islands (2004); (9) in St. Lucia (2004); (10) in the British Virgin Islands (2005); (11) in the Bahamas (2006); Completed Postgraduate Research in Education at the School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine, 2003; Selected References on Tertiary Level Education in the English–speaking Caribbean, 2003; List of Non–University of the West Indies (UWI) Theses and Dissertation on Education in the English–speaking Caribbean;(2008) Reconceptualising the Agenda for Education in the Caribbean: Proceedings of the 2007 Biennial Cross-Campus Conference in Education, 23–26 April, 2007; (2011) Anguilla: A partially annotated bibliography.

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Increasing requests for editing and information literacy instructional services from the only professional member of staff, thus decreasing the time available for database updating and development.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Increased marketing of available services.

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

CERIS is not exclusively devoted to adult education and its holdings in this subject are not very extensive. However, because of the dearth of adult education information services in the Caribbean region it can provide valuable referral services within a Network of Networks.