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Ministry of Health working to get rural communities ready for online learning

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2021. 12:38 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Last year, many rural communities in Belize had great difficulty with students receiving online instruction due to limited access to the internet either because of infrastructure or finances. Today, Minister of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology Francis Fonseca, said that his ministry is working tirelessly to address those challenges.

Fonseca said that the Ministry had been working along with Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) to identify communities that need technical assistance and deploying personnel to address those problems.

“We’ve identified over the past few months, I think about 20 communities that had particular challenges in terms of internet access in rural communities, and they have been working and addressing that issue. It has not been completed, some of them have been completed but it is an ongoing issue.”

Fonseca went on to say that the Ministry has continued the project launched by the previous administration which distributes mobile devices to students so that they can receive online instruction, and has made efforts to expand that project.

“Wherever we have access to financing for the provision of digital devices we use those and identify our students who do not have access to those devices and try to provide those,” Fonseca added.

He noted that the District Education Centers have the responsibility of identifying students for that project.


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