The IT for Dominica Project originated in the fall of the year 2000 as Dr. Gordon Campbell (Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge) sought educational computers on behalf of the Prime Minister’s office in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Following several conversations with the Commonwealth of Dominica, a partnership was formed with the Ministry of Education in Dominica. This partnership extended across both corporate and public entities in several ensuing years. The project is founded upon a partnership principle – namely that it takes a coordinated team of Dominicans and Canadians working diligently to provide the intended services. Generous teacher and technical volunteers have worked ongoing, both on the island and off the island, to provide professional development, technical training, computing resources, networking resources and systems.
Partners in the IT for Dominica Project
Starting in 2000, Dr. Maurice Hollingsworth has worked closely with the Ministry of Education in Dominica and supporting Canadian partners in the interest of supporting IT in Education for Dominican students. Through generous donations, talented volunteers, and a willingness to share, this project continues to serve a role for students and educators in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Funds and resources within the project have been contributed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association, corporate donations, ATA Local #19, and numerous educational organizations. Until Hurricane Maria, the project progressively focused more on professional development needs, as the partnership needs and support structures shifted. However, Hurricane Maria has robbed today's students of an education that serves them tomorrow. Gone are the learning resources needed by students.
Progression of Activities
Partners Supporting IT for Dominica
Key partners supporting the project have included the following:
There are only a handful of moments in my life that I can clearly identify as being profoundly ‘life-changing’, but within that elite group falls the time I spent teaching in
Dominica. Beyond a simple instructional experience, the process was rejuvenating on a deep, human level. I have never worked as hard as I did during those two weeks when I provided technology instruction to a diverse group of participants. But no matter the challenge, I always left my classroom smiling, excited for what the next day would bring.