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More than 400 students of Guyana’s premier educational institution, President’s College, are expected to benefit in the very near future from a $9.5M Information Technology project,Camo China NFL Jerseys, which comes as part of the collaboration between the Government of Guyana and the European Union.According to Chairman of the school’s Parent/Teachers Association (PTA), Dr Simpson Da Silva, the venture, which is being called a Youth Information Technology Project, is being significantly funded by the 9th European Development Fund.PTA Chairman Dr Simpson Da SilvaHe said that, at a simple signing ceremony held on Friday, a contract was signed between the parties concerned.As part of the contractual agreement,Maillot 2 Etoiles Pas Cher, Dr DaSilva related, the Guyana Micro-Projects Programme was selected to execute the programme through the PTA.He said that, with a massive grant of $7.1M from the EU and the remaining $2.4 M which will soon be generated, the project will be undertaken over a three-month period, with the PTA assisting the President’s College Board of Governors in the effective repositioning of the school towards sustainable development.He noted that in excess of 20 brand new computers will be procured for a computer centre at the school,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, with a view to enhancing students’ education as it relates to agriculture,Wholesale Shoes China Free Shipping, mathematics, science, and the arts.Great emphasis, he said, will also be placed on helping students learn leadership skills.According to Dr Da Silva, the PTA intends to revitalise, through Information Technology, the student council, which he regarded as a good investment.He said that, “Through them running the student council with this e-readiness concept, it will equip them with the requisite knowledge…to make informed decisions in the future…”But, in order to ensure that students will be properly educated, there will also be the need for teachers to be exposed to more in-depth Information Technology training,Cheap Baseball Jerseys Nike, Dr Da Silva asserted.He pointed out that the venture is geared at revolutionising the methods of teaching mathematics, science and the arts, with the aid of technology, making science fun and using innovative hands-on approaches that stimulate curiosity.This, he said, will only be achievable by undertaking research to enhance the teaching of the subjects, in order to provide students with a foundation for good practice, and to develop integrated approaches to learning for development.By integration, the Chairman explained, a link is likely to be established between President’s College and primary level schools, and with that of tertiary institutions as well as private and public bodies.In essence, Dr Da Silva pointed out, the Youth Information Technology Project will serve as a catalyst for development, thereby enhancing the quality of life of the students and other beneficiaries in several areas.In fact, he noted,Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys, it could even address the issues of poverty reduction, the delivery of public information, leadership, governance, the rule of law, transparency, and even accountability.But even after the three-month period of the project, the Information Technology Project at President’s College will continue to thrive as a natural part of the school, and even the community, he assured.As the funds subside, it is anticipated that the project will seek a minimum of 25 per cent operational profit in all aspects of development, a process which will be done purely along business lines, paying attention to such ratios as the return on sales and return on investment.The stakeholders believe that the possibilities for replication of such a project cannot be over-emphasised, even though the project is expected to fulfil the requirements as a demonstration knowledge centre.But, even as these strides are being made, the education system in Guyana is constantly challenged by the need to maintain a high level of literacy while ensuring that the national curriculum is taught, Dr Da Silva disclosed.He noted, though, that the Ministry of Education has implemented various initiatives to introduce information technology into primary and secondary schools, as part of larger projects to improve the education system.These include the Primary Education Improvement Project, the Guyana Education Access Project, and the Secondary Schools Reform Project.Currently, the ministry is working on another project, which will increase the support for using information technology in schools, thus the centre can serve as a model of how resources can be garnered to improve access, connectivity, use, and promulgation among students.
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