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Belize on its way to digitizing the education system

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The Ministry of Education is working on digitizing the education system. In this day and age, the ability to utilize technology is an important asset.

The Ministry of Education is working on digitizing the education system. In this day and age, the ability to utilize technology is an important asset. The Ministry has introduced laptops into schools in an effort to help students who may not be able to afford them on their own, and also to help them become more technologically savvy. The Education Minister, Patrick Faber, has a plan to digitize textbooks as well, to lighten the heavy loads students must carry.

Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth & Sports: “There are two initiatives that are now in full effect- well I shouldn’t say in full effect but we’re rolling it out so to speak. There is DigiLearn that we are hoping after a few years will reach a total of 43 secondary schools and then there is another initiative that we launched a while ago called Pro Futuro which I being piloted in I think ten schools at the primary level so that is where we’re at now. When I visited Taiwan I visited with their Ministry of Education officials and the Taiwan ICDF which is their international agency for cooperation and we spoke about possibly engaging in a stronger way with them to so that they can help us in our quest to digitize. One such area of course is now that we have a digital platform being piloted in the secondary level for us to maybe get some help to digitize textbooks so that our kids can get some relief from carrying the heavy book bags and so on and we’ll hopefully be able to do the same for the primary school level at a later date.”

DigiLearn was piloted in April 2019 and launched on October 1, 2019, at 8 high schools countrywide.

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