Dominica To Formulate Strategy For Development Of ICT In Education

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share (L-R): Chief Education Officer Steve Hyacinth and Neil Butcher, Educational Technology Specialist seated to the extreme right. Photo credit: Dionne Durand.Roseau, Dominica –-Dominica is on course to take the lead among its regional counterparts in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education.“I think even though the ICT investments in Dominica are not necessarily as large as in other countries, you are well placed to be a regional leader and potentially a global leader,” said Educational Technology Specialist Neil Butcher, following a fact finding mission here to develop a three-year strategy for the professional development of teachers in ICT Education.Butcher who has conducted similar missions in several other Caribbean countries, said he had explored with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, strategies to support teachers in developing the skills to use ICT effectively in schools.“What we have found in Dominica so far has been a growing level of investment in ICT infrastructure, a degree of professional development activities, but above all, a tremendous passion and commitment for use of ICT in education in this country.“So we think there is tremendous opportunity here because there is a committed workforce with people who want to move Dominica forward through effective use of ICT in schools,” he said.Butler addressing participants. Photo credit: Dionne DurandAccording to Butcher’s findings, several investments have been made in ICT in Education in Dominica as a significant number of schools have been equipped with fully functional computer labs. The Education Management Information System (EMIS) will also be compulsory in all schools by the end of 2012 and under the Free Internet for Schools Programme, 2 mbps internet connectivity has been supplied to most schools free of charge compliments telecommunications provider LIME.The mission also concluded that based on the commitment of policy makers to the advancement of the ICT sector, “the funding for programmes will continue to increase and not decrease” giving Dominica a competitive advantage in ICT development.Priority areas for the development of ICT in Education include the completion of a capacity audit for target audiences such as Curriculum Officers, ICT Officers and staff of the Dominica State College (DSC). There are also plans to review the current ICT modules in the Associate Degree Programme at the DSC and introduce an online certificate programme in ICT in Education for primary and secondary school teachers.The programme is sponsored by Commonwealth of Learning, The Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO, and Microsoft.By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Developmentcenter_img 88 Views   2 comments Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Dominica To Formulate Strategy For Development Of ICT In Education by: – February 4, 2012last_img read more

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“Luis Suarez” from Sarajevo on the Guardian List of the Biggest Talents

first_imgProminent English Guardian made its traditional list of the greatest football potentials in the world, and one player from BiH founds his place on the list.The list includes young football players born in 1999, and football player of FC Sarajevo and member of cadet national team of BiH, Nedim Hadzic, found his place among the best players.“When Vincent Tan took over FC Sarajevo, one of the first things he did was to improve the club’s infrastructure and the construction of the Academy. Now Sarajevo attracts the best talents from the entire BiH, and Hadzic was declared as Luis Suarez from BiH.Unlike his teammate Demirel Veladzic, who is two months younger, he did not enroll debut for the first team yet. Last season, he scored a total of 57 goals for the cadet team,” wrote The Guardian about Nedim Hadzic.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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