Thursday, March 10, 2011

Education Laptops

The most recent complement to the developments taking place in the education sector in this country is the 'One Laptop per Student' initiative. On Friday, December 3rd, 2010, over two thousand laptops arrived in the state and were officially handed over to Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
On Monday February 28, 2011 another shipment of just under 13,000 net books is anticipated to arrive at the E.T. Joshua Airport. During the month of March 2011, the Ministry of Education will deliver an aggressive public awareness effort at the level of the educational institutions. 

The Ministry will convene orientation sessions encompassing an introduction to the net book as well as discussion of pertinent documentation which has been developed to facilitate the phased introduction of this component of the thrust in use of digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers' Union, Primary and Secondary Principals and Heads of other educational institutions including the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, will participate in these orientation sessions commencing on February 25, 2011. During the month of March, orientation of Teachers and students will be undertaken on a zonal level. Distribution of the net books to educational institutions under phase 1 of the initiative will be completed by April 2011.

The governments of Portugal and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have collaborated in donating the net books to the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and have also pledged their support to the integration of Information and Communication Technology into the curriculum. 

This initiative, which seeks to ensure that there is equitable access to educational services and resources by all students, is a corollary to the 9th EDF Project currently being implemented here and whose objectives include the improvement of Education through the use of Information and Communication Technology. Under this project approximately five million dollars has been awarded in contracts to deliver computers to all educational institutions throughout the St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Distribution of these items will also commence in late March 2011.

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