ICT programme to benefit Dominican schools

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Fourteen secondary schools and five primary schools in Dominica are set to benefit from the schools computer programme being funded by the ICT development programme of the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Telecommunications, and the European Union to the tune of $568,000. The ICT Development Programme is being funded by the European Union in collaboration with the government of Dominica. The construction firm of Francis Thomas has been contracted to undertake the site preparation works at the various schools including the provision of furniture, electrical, painting and security for the sites. By the end of his three-month contract in April of 2009, Thomas said that he is confident that the nineteen schools benefiting under the project will be ready to be retrofitted with new computers and other IT equipment.

The computerisation of schools and the implementation of an IT curriculum have been identified by the Ministry of Education as one of the priority areas for Educational development in Dominica. Acting ICT coordinator in the Ministry of Education Timothy Lavinier says the computer upgrade programme is a dream come true for his department and is a major step forward in the effort to computerise all learning institutions in the country. He is of the opinion that his goal can be met within the next few years if funding can be provided through local and private partnerships. Under the first phase of the ICT development Programme the Dominica State College, the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School and the Convent Preparatory School computer labs were upgraded.

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