Today, the Belize City Council donated tablets to approximately 24 students from Queen Square Anglican School and Calvary Temple School. The Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner visited the schools today and met with some of the students who received the tablets. He noted that the Council received assistance and support from the private sector for this initiative. According to the principal of Queen Square Anglican School, this donation will assist the students greatly in the upcoming school year.
Principal of Queen Square Anglican School: “Teachers do videos for the students they do lessons and so if the students have this technology they’ll be able to use the technology to see the lessons rather than only using it on their parent’s phone through the Whatsapp but with the tablets they’ll be able to do more with the technology. They’ll have the Google classroom that they’ll be able to use as part of the process of the online learning. As I said they’ll be able to see more lessons, there’s more interaction using the tablets rather than just if you have it on the phone and so on. They’ll be able to access more websites in order to gain more knowledge on whatever content the teacher is seeing, they’ll be able to do more searches. If they have the technology at home it makes it more easier for them to be able to search and to use the technology to the best of their abilities, other siblings will be able to have more access to the online learning through the technology, parents can be a little bit more involved with their students from using the tablets at home. One of the things that we’re looking at, we have a computer lab it’s not functioning as we would want it at the moment but there are plans in place to get it up and running so we also have through our literacy program what we call the LitPro and it uses the technology to help the students with their reading so along with the computers that we have in our computer lab these tablets will also help us to have more students, be able to use the tablets with the reading, the students will be able to do math using the tablets as well you know the technology allows the student to do a variety of things through Google classrooms and other mediums of education that they can tap into.”
The Mayor also highlighted that they are considering donating to other schools in the City.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We felt as schools reopen August 10 given the circumstances with the pandemic and the new normal we realized that the teaching environment will have to be different going forward and we felt as a responsible municipality, a responsible council and we wanted to contribute to the learning experience of our kids post COVID and so we went about getting these tablets. It’s an RCA high performance tablets with touch screen as well as keyboards so that we as a municipality are able to contribute because our youths are the future of this country. We can’t sit by and have our youths and our children be impacted in an adverse way going forward and so we were able put little funding together and get it. We might not have much resources as a council but we always want to contribute to the education of our young children. As always our business community has always been there with us they continue to help this council, they continue see that this council is all about working for the people, always ensuring that there’s transparency, there’s accountability and that’s why many of the business houses have that confidence in this council and it does not only span locally it spans internationally. As I told you the last time we do have a grant proposal that has been approved through the Commonwealth Local Government Forum it’s coming along pretty well and as soon as we are able to seal that I’ll be giving your further details on that.”