Te­a­chers laptop dis­tri­bu­ti­on in full swing

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Dis­tri­bu­ti­on of laptop com­pu­ters to the coun­try’s te­a­chers is on­go­ing. Last week, teams from the eGovern­ment Agency dis­tri­bu­ted over 1,100 lap­tops.

The agency, which has over­sight of the One Laptop pro­gram­me, dis­tri­bu­ted 1,138 com­pu­ters to te­a­chers in Re­gi­on Six – East Ber­bi­ce – Co­ren­ty­ne. Mon­day, ap­proxi­ma­te­ly 300 laptop com­pu­ters we­re dis­tri­bu­ted to te­a­chers in Re­gi­on 7 at the Bar­ti­ca Se­conda­ry School. To­mor­row, part of the team will tra­vel to Re­gi­on Ni­ne whe­re they will as­sist Mi­nis­ter of Pu­blic Te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons, Catherine Hug­hes, to hand out 470 lap­tops to te­a­chers at An­nai, Ais­hal­ton and Le­them. The eGovern­ment Agency co­mes un­der the pur­view of this Mi­ni­stry. Mi­nis­ter Hug­hes, ac­cor­ding to the Mi­ni­stry, is ex­pec­ted to com­bi­ne se­ve­r­al ac­ti­vi­ties in her team’s trip to Re­gi­on Ni­ne in­clu­ding a vi­sit to the Ra­dio Pai­wo­mak sta­ti­on at Bi­na Hill to speak with broad­cas­ters and tech­ni­cians. On Fri­day, the eGovern­ment team mo­ves to Mah­dia to hand over 200 lap­tops to te­a­chers in Re­gi­on 8. The dis­tri­bu­ti­on sche­du­le was de­sig­ned by the Mi­ni­stry of Edu­ca­ti­on be­fo­re the roll-out be­gan fol­lo­wing the Oc­to­ber 5th launch of the One Laptop per Te­a­cher (OLPT) ini­ti­a­ti­ve.

Pre­si­dent Da­vid Gran­ger himself laun­ched this pro­gram at the Cy­ril Pot­ter Col­le­ge of Edu­ca­ti­on (CPCE) cam­pus, Tur­key­en, East Coast De­me­ra­ra. “The ini­ti­a­ti­ve is dri­ven by the govern­ment’s de­ter­mi­na­ti­on to pro­vi­de mo­dern re­search and learning tools to en­su­re that our child­ren, youths and young pro­fes­si­o­nals all over Gu­y­a­na re­cei­ve the most roun­ded edu­ca­ti­on pos­si­ble which in the me­di­um to long term, will ap­pre­ci­a­bly rai­se the na­ti­o­nal le­vel of di­gi­tal li­ter­a­cy,” the mi­ni­stry ex­plai­ned. The dis­tri­bu­ti­on will fol­low the pre­vious One Laptop Per Fa­mi­ly pro­gram that was laun­ched un­der the pre­vious ad­mi­ni­stra­ti­ons of the Pe­o­p­le’s Pro­gres­si­ve Par­ty/ Ci­vic. That pro­gram ran in­to pro­blems with poor mo­ni­to­ring, faul­ty lap­tops, theft and a host of other is­sue af­fec­ting it. (Kai­e­teur­news.com)

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