– donates 300 more computers
Canada-based Guyanese technology products inventor, Alan Zaakir and Chris Sammy, yesterday followed through with his promise last month to donate some 300 additional netbooks to the Ministry of Education.
Zaakir who had earlier donated 100 systems to the Ministry to bolster its Computer For All Schools Programme will also be donating 24 servers to the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) to accelerate and expand the programme to train teachers to use the computer as a teaching and learning tool.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at NCERD, the overseas-based Guyanese expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education for affording him the opportunity to “give back” to his homeland.
He called on officials to make optimal use of the systems. He also implored the gathering of students to always have the development of their country at heart and to be optimistic about life.
“Dream big dreams; work hard to make the vision a reality and not to allow anyone to inject any negativity in your lives”.
Education Minister Shaik Baksh said this gesture represents a significant leap in the drive to bridge the digital divide, equip more schools with computers and to boost the delivery of the basic computer literacy programme for teachers.
He noted that the Ministry has the vision, plans and programmes for Information Technology in the school system and remains dedicated and committed to seeing them to fruition.
Baksh also commended the partnership his Ministry enjoys with individuals and organizations, both local and overseas, in realising the goal to have all primary and secondary schools equipped with computer laboratories.
He disclosed that a group in the United States will soon be donating 100 desk top computers in support of the cause. Apart from the donors’ support, he said that this year some 2000 teachers across the country will be trained to use the computer as a teaching and learning tool and under the World Bank US$4.2M funded Teacher Reform Project, state-of-the-art laboratories will be constructed at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and the Faculty of Education and Humanities, University of Guyana.
The Minister added that the goal of these innovations is to ensure that every teacher in the school system and those leaving the teachers’ training college are equipped with the requisite skills to use the computer as a tool to enhance and support learning.
Mention was also made of the Ministry’s recent move to join forces with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Microsoft to focus attention on the implementation of plans to develop the capacity of local teachers to use technology more effectively in the classroom.
Efforts are also being made to have trainee teachers benefit from President Bharrat Jadgeo’s One Lap Top Per Family Programme.
About three weeks ago the two Canadian business minds presented the Ministry with 100 netbooks. Some time early next week five of the computers will be handed over to the North Ruimveldt Secondary School.
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At centre, Canadian business minds, Chris Sammy and Allan Zaakir presenting Education Minister, Shaik Baksh, with one of the netbooks in the presence of students.
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