Pilot Community Technology Centre Project Launched at Dieppe Bay Primary School

The project – which run by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) and funded by the World Bank and the governments of ECTEL member states, was officially handed over to the Ministry of Education during a ceremony which was attended by Education Minister Nigel Carty and Constituency Representative for Dieppe Pay, Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglas.

Principal of the school, Ms. J. Douglas told MiyVue.com that other pilot projects have or will be launched in all ECTEL member states and St. Kitts’ would be housed at the aforementioned learning institution.

She explained that because the initiative targets the entire community, “it would not cater only for the teachers and students but it would cater for parents and other community members who would be willing to access the training. The initial programme began with the training of parents, I think the first batch would be free but from then we would have to charge a small fee to help with maintenance when and if that becomes necessary. Apparently later, they may be doing others based on how effective the project works out but that is why understanding.”

Expounding on the aim of the project, Ms. Douglas indicated that the world becoming more technologically advanced, it is necessary that individuals, families, parents, students to not only gain access to the internet but to familiarise themselves with its mechanics.

“The aim is basically to ensure that persons in the community are technologically savvy because we are living in a technological world and everything can be accessed from the computer from assistance for students… For those parents who have children in school, if they know what is happening and know how to really use the computer, they can help to guide the students. Additionally, there is so much more information that can be had via the internet, even for let’s say, help in the kitchen…because there are recipes that they can go on like for. So it’s basically an effort to help to make the community on a whole computer literate.”

MiyVue.com understands that among the machinery with which the centre is fitted are computers, a printer and a smart board.

“We have a number of up-to-date computers now and coming as part of the project is a white board with an overhead projector that teachers can use to bring to life some of the concepts that they teach daily to move away from the talk and chalk” Ms. Douglas informed.



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