Some 28 of the island’s primary schools are competing in an information and communications technology (ICT) oratory competition organised by the Ministry of Education.
Telecommunications company LIME has come forward to offer its support to help make the event a success.
The event runs until October 30 at Gros Islet Secondary School, and features a three-member team from each participating school vying against each other by fielding questions on vocabulary, science and social studies.
Using a laptop or tablet, they will be required to quickly research the questions and provide the correct answers as clearly and convincingly as possible. The event is meant to help the students develop their research, intellectual and oratorical skills.
LIME is providing Gros Islet Secondary School high-speed broadband access and an upgrade in Internet bandwidth free of charge to facilitate the competition. This will enable all the young contestants to access the Internet simultaneously and at faster speeds.
LIME is partnering with the Ministry of Education in support of the competition, which is being organised as part of the Government of Saint Lucia’s schools ICT integration project. The project is designed to provide education enhancement through ICT, and improve the learning and teaching processes in rural schools. Over 80 students are taking part in the competition.
LIME Saint Lucia General Manager Chris Williams said the company recognises the importance of ICT and is proud to offer its support to the competition.
“Our young people in Saint Lucia have been exposed to technology from a very early age and they are significant users of technology. It is important to help them understand and appreciate the potential opportunities available to them through ICT. LIME is only too happy to assist in this regard by supporting the competition,” Williams said.
Over the years, LIME has also partnered with Government on a variety of other information technology initiatives. The company has also been providing free Internet service to primary schools in Saint Lucia for over 10 years.