(EMU) – St. Kitts, May 09, 2019: The Ministry of Education and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) dedicated three newly refurbished computer labs on Wednesday 8th May, in the presence of excited students, teachers and special guests.
The three (3) pilot schools for the ‘Primary School Computer Enhancement Project: IT Integration Learning Space’ were the Joshua Obediah Primary, Cayon Primary and the Deanne Glasford Primary Schools. The project started in 2016 and sought to refurbish the schools’ main computer labs by removing old workstations and furniture and by modifying where necessary and outfitting the spaces with modern equipment.
“These improvements to the computer labs will be accessible to all students,” stated Hon. Shawn Richards, Minister with responsibility for Education. He continued, “Information Technology continues to drive what we do every day in the world.”
The Minister further highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to enhance the curriculum using IT and pledged that the curriculum currently being restructured will reflect that. He added, “The recommendation has been to ensure that IT is infused in every single aspect of the curriculum. Hence, no matter which subject you are being taught, it is expected that IT will be utilized in teaching you that particular subject.”
He included that the newly refurbished computer labs were the direct result of a three-pronged approach. This initiative required educating the students using the IT facility, ensuring their comfort and securing the labs so other students could use them in the future.
“It is important to embrace these new technologies; they are going to advance you dramatically,” advised Dean of the RUSVM, Dr. Sean Callanan while speaking to the students. He added, “In my mind computers open you to a (new) world but the technology of using them is equally important.”