Our objective is to prepare students in Dominica as citizens of the 21 st Century. Students in Dominica deserve an education comparable to those of students in Canada and the U.S. This will be possible only by providing educational tools of the 21 st century, those same tools typically found in today’s schools & workplaces.
The Dominican Ministry of Education has invested significantly in support structures for educational technology. However, post-hurricane Maria, schools and students now require I.T. infrastructure and technologies.
IT for Dominica will serve student learning by offering the technologies necessary to re-establish information technology (I.T.) infrastructure, resources and professional development. The project will provide support at all levels from fund-raising, to network design, to shipping, to installation of technical infrastructure and finally technical training and professional development. The process will be fully documented to serve all: partners, fundraisers, alumni, the Ministry of Education in Dominica, and the Dominica Association of Teachers. The IT for Dominica Foundation has experience at all of these levels.
At a projected cost of $200,000/phase, the project will rollout over 3 years. Each year the IT for Dominica Foundation will install technologies and resources in ⅓ of Dominican schools. This includes tablets, network switches, wireless access points, digital material, solar power options, tablet storage, and charging devices – and technical supports for installation. Additionally, 250-300 teachers will receive professional development to integrate new technologies in their classrooms.
The first year of the project was highly successful. Learning technologies were installed in more than 24 schools serving more than 2700 students.