Ministry of Education Completes Chromebook Distribution: Thousands of Devices Given to Students
The final distribution of chrome books by the Ministry of Education Culture Science and Technology (MoECST) was carried out today in Belmopan. 238 chrome books were distributed to students in Belmopan Comprehensive School, Belmopan Methodist High School, and Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C Primary School. In April, 5,000 chrome books were handed over to the Ministry by the Republic of China (Taiwan). Members of the Ministry then visited each district and distributed the devices to students. Director of Science and Technology at the MoECST advises students to use the devices for educational purposes.
Namrita Balani, Director of Science and Technology, MoECST: “It’s been an adventure for the past three weeks. We have been in every district countrywide and now we’re ending with the last three schools. So we’re ending today so the 164 schools countrywide have received this. It is based on our Belize education sector plan. There was a commitment for every student from standards four through to fourth form to receive a device. So the schools that are receiving are primary schools and secondary schools. And then because they’re Chromebooks they work differently than laptops, you need internet connectivity for them to work. So the schools that are receiving we had to make sure that they have good, reliable internet connectivity throughout the campus. Because these are being given to the students, not to be kept in a computer lab or in a principal’s office, that we had to make sure that there is internet connectivity throughout the campus. So with our ConnectEd program we had schools that we already knew and then there were some other schools that had their own internet infrastructure where we had to send some officers out to verify that they did have connectivity and that’s how we ended up with 164. We are moving with a competency-based curriculum as we’ve seen with the pandemic technology has to be used more right we’ve seen that you know tech – COVID actually helped schools get more involved with technology, to involve technology more into their curriculum and we know there are students that are really in need for a device. And so we’re just asking schools that these are given to, to just prioritize students that are in need and we’re just you know, telling the students that are the recipients to please use this for their educational journey. Use it to research, use it to collaborate, use it to learn a new skill, you know, coding or something, but you know, just use it for their educational journey.”
Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary, Teresita Sosa, says she will encourage students to take care of the devices.
Teresita Sosa, Principal, Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary School: “Well I’m very excited, super excited and thankful to the Republic of China Taiwan, to the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Education for reaching out to us and for donating these Chromebooks to our students. I believe that this is a dream come true for many of our students here and we will make sure that we that we encourage them to take care of it, to appreciate it. Whenever they are using it ensure that they are using it for the reason that it was given to them for their educational learning. It’s 23 Chromebooks so we’ll be looking at the more needy children and we’ll distribute that to them.”
The devices were provided to students from standard 4 to 6 and first to forth form.