From left: Ringkasan CV Raman of Xchanging, Digicel’s Director of Projects for the Caribbean and Central America, Lisa Lewis, Justin John of Digicel, and Sanjeev Patni of Xchanging.

Telecommunication provider Digicel has suggested to the Ministries of Education and Telecommunication ways in which technology can be used to maximise student’s benefit from the laptop being distributed by the government.

The government this month began the distribution of laptops to secondary school students under the one laptop per child initiative, and following on the heels of this, Invest SVG, through collaboration with telecommunications services provider Digicel suggested to the Ministry of Telecommunications an idea on how to maximize the use of the laptops.

Last week, Minister of Telecommunications Camillo Gonsalves met with Digicel’s Director of Projects for the Caribbean and Central America, Lisa Lewis, and Sanjeev Patni and Ringkasan CV Raman of software solutions company Xchanging.

During the meeting, Lewis said that Xchanging, through their learning management solution, has transformed the educational system in Malaysia into a top of the line ICT setup that benefits students, teachers, and parents.

Over the years, Digicel has been involved in a lot of work in education and has adopted the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), which speaks to literacy, Lewis said.

She said that in St. Vincent, Digicel wants to examine how to use technology to enhance education. She added that in other countries, Digicel has created technology enabled learning environments where teachers have been taught how to use ICT to integrate their current content.

“This is more than just using a laptop and bringing a tablet into the classroom, it is about how they create ICT content that is correct and engages the student. It’s more than just being ICT literate; it involves being an ICT enabled teacher and how to use ICT tools to train,” Lewis said, adding that this concept can help maximize the use of the laptops.

She said Xchanging’s learning management solution not only focuses on using ICT as a tool to educate but also, among other things, make reports on things like absent teachers and students, something that Chief Education Officer Lou-anne Gilchrist said the Ministry of Education plans to look into.

Lewis said Digicel has helped various ministries of education to improve their education system, including in Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Executive Director of Invest SVG Bernadette Ambrose-Black, left, and Minister of Telecommunications, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves.
Executive Director of Invest SVG Bernadette Ambrose-Black, left, and Minister of Telecommunications, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves.

Meanwhile, Gonsalves said that the government is at a point where, “we want to maximize technology that has been placed in the hands of students and that involves pedagogical and curriculum adjustments that are not fully thought out as yet”.

He added that his ministry must sit down with high-level officials in the Ministry of Education to deal with this issue.

Gonsalves further noted that female students are outperforming male students and that the government would like to look into this.

He said the boys have been gravitating towards technology.

“We would like to see how we can use these laptops to address this,” Gonsalves said.

6 replies on “Digicel offers ICT solutions to compliment students’ laptops”

  1. xchanging wow! We have money to spend boi…this same project can be done by people right here in SVG, but I guess the locals are not good enough or expensive enough…smdh

  2. vincy person says:

    Wow. The government receives a free tool and does not have a clue as to it purposes.

    Pay Digicel an arm and leg for an off the shelf software whilst there are capable Vincentians that can develop Course ware tailored for our kids.

    By the way, am I the only one that sees that this technological plan is poorly implemented.

  3. Cadwall King says:

    Yes! You are one of a negative few who think so! uwsatnd! I am guessing! so, some of these brilliant people to whom you referred, they made their presentation to the government and was rejected eh? smfh >>>>

    1. Have you seen any publication about this prior to this post about the job? You need to stop being a political a..h. and look at the real issue. Smdh

  4. What a farce. This can all be done for next to nothing, there is nothing special about this at all. All of the software to do this could be had right now, and many of them are open source, free and wouldn’t cost the country a thing. Forget digicel, they are nothing but snake oil salesman.

    There are people in SVG who can handle this job easy, it’s not even that difficult. Why are people in SVG always impressed by people in suits. Maybe it’s because I work in networking and I am also a programmer that It might seem easier to me, but in all honesty this can be done with little effort, and could even employ a few young people.

    What we need is an emphasis on teaching about computers, about how to build them and how to program for them and Networking. That alone would propel us a great deal. Tell Xchanging and Digicel to kick rocks, they are only going to over charge US.

  5. Cadwall King says:

    Uwstand! Read the headline again! smart ass! It reads: Digicel offers ICT solutions to compliment students laptops! what have you gathered from that? brainaiac? you see! it seems as if it was Digicel who made the suggestion! smfh >>>

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