Posted: Monday, May 16, 2022. 4:29 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The school year may be just about to end, but students at schools in the Belize and Toledo District will receive one last gift – a laptop donated by the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF) to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology.
260 laptops at a total value of $679,393.95 were handed over to Chief Education Officer Yolanda Gongora from Executive Director of SIF, Carlos Tun, and Board Member Marcello Blake.
The schools set to receive the equipment are Belize Rural High School, Sadie Vernon Technical High School, Maud Williams High School, Gwen Lizarraga High School in the Belize District, and Bella Vista High School in the Toledo District – all Government-managed schools. Each device comes with Microsoft Office Professional 2019 software, a minimum of one year’s warranty, a wireless/Bluetooth mouse, a Dell-Pro briefcase suited for a 15.6-inch laptop, charging carts for up to 12 laptops per cart, an eight-outlet power strip surge protector and cable lock for the laptop.
CEO Gongora, Executive Director Tun and Blake spoke about how the donation will bolster the Ministry’s endeavours at promoting the use of technology throughout our schools and the fund’s commitment to join the efforts of the Ministry at enabling an environment for expanded technology education and better student performance and preparedness of the students at the recipient institutions.
The laptops were procured with assistance from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with counterpart funding from the Government and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
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