Distribution of Laptop computers to the nation’s teachers is ongoing and last week (ended 4 November) teams from the eGovernment Agency which has oversight of the One Laptop programme, distributed 1,138 computers to teachers in Region 6 – East Berbice – Corentyne.
Today, Monday November 7, approximately 300 laptop computers were distributed to teachers in Region 7 at the Bartica Secondary School. On Wednesday November 9, part of the team will travel to Region 9 where they will assist Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, to hand out 470 laptops to teachers at Annai, Aishalton and Lethem. The eGovernment Agency comes under the purview of this Ministry.
Minister Hughes is expected to combine several activities in her team’s trip to Region 9 including a visit to the Radio Paiwomak station at Bina Hill to speak with broadcasters and technicians.
On Friday November 11, the eGovernment team moves to Mahdia to hand out 200 laptops to teachers in Region 8.
The distribution schedule was designed by the Ministry of Education before the roll-out began on the day following the October 5th launch of the One Laptop per Teacher (OLPT) initiative. President David Granger himself launched this programme at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) campus, Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara.
The initiative is driven by the government’s determination to provide modern research and learning tools to ensure that our children, youths and young professionals all over Guyana receive the most rounded education possible which in the medium to long term, will appreciably raise the national level of digital literacy.