The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Over the past four years the Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia has made a con­certed ef­fort to en­able uni­ver­sal ac­cess to com­put­ers. By es­tab­lish­ing the ‘One Lap­top Per Child Pro­gramme’, the Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia has, in ef­fect, fa­cil­i­tated easy ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion through the use of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice, PM Kenny D. An­thony is pleased to an­nounce that ex­actly 3,840 lap­tops, 550 desk­tops and 125 pro­jec­tors ar­rived safely to Port Cas­tries from the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, 2016.

The ‘One Lap­top Per Child Pro­gramme’ was, in 2016, funded by the Govern­ment of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to the tune of EC$3.75 mil­lion. The Tai­wanese also funded the Govern­ment-ini­ti­ated ‘Teacher Train­ing Pro­gramme’, an is­land­wide ini­tia­tive to equip ed­u­ca­tors with the skills and re­sources to ef­fec­tively in­te­grate the use of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy in the class­room.

“The gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the education sec­tor will en­sure ev­ery sin­gle child in Form Three re­ceives a note­book PC op­er­at­ing on Win­dows 10, sup­plied by Tai­wanese man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, Asus,” the re­lease says.

The Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia will, in due course, an­nounce a spe­cial hand­ing over cer­e­mony of equip­ment and devices for the Lap­top Pro­gramme.

The Lap­top Pro­gramme was sup­ported by the Govern­ment of Trinidad and Tobago in its in­au­gu­ral year, 2014, and in the se­cond year by the Govern­ment of the Bo­li­var­ian Re­pub­lic of Venezuela.

Sec­ondary school stu­dents us­ing lap­tops do­nated as part of the

govern­ment’s schools lap­top pro­gramme.

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