New infoDev study surveys the state of ICT and Education in the Caribbean

New infoDev study surveys the state of ICT and Education in the Caribbean

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The study reveals opportunities for improving ICT skills in the Caribbean among school dropouts and through promoting employer-sponsored professional development to strengthen both the employability of individual youth and the competitiveness of businesses.

Over the course of the past decade, many Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean have made significant efforts in relation to both ICT skills instruction and more general use of ICT in education. However, these efforts have not yet been rewarded by substantial impact due to regional challenges such as limited ICT capacity of the private sector (where those skills might be used) and the more traditional exam-focused orientation of instruction. At the same time, these efforts have done much to increase student access to ICT at the secondary level, while in the process knowledge, capacity, and experience have been gained by the region’s education personnel, especially among those now responsible for furthering ICT.

In spite of these challenges, given the increased use of ICT throughout the global economy, ICT has become even more important to the region’s economic development at this juncture. Thus, there are valuable lessons to be gained in noting both the Caribbean countries’ achievements in educational computing and other uses of ICT in the classroom as well as the limitations of those achievements.

To review the opportunities and challenges that these countries face, infoDev commissioned the study, Survey of ICT and Education in the Caribbean, which is intended to meet the need for a comprehensive representation of the current state of ICT use in education in the Caribbean. The Study addresses:

  • The state of policy and planning
  • Current usage of ICT in the primary, secondary, and tertiary systems
  • Pre-service and in-service Teacher Professional Development
A salient Caribbean example of the results possible with local implementation of Web 2.0 tools is the School for Tomorrow […] The school has engaged in group-blog collaboration with Dutch students and others, and incorporated ICT—including Web-page development— into many aspects of teaching and learning.

Survey of ICT and Education, Volume 1
Profiles of selected projects: School of Tomorrow

The first volume of the Survey presents information on region-wide trends in relation to policy management of information, ICT use in schools, and barriers to technology integration. Common challenges are also described, and where appropriate, opportunities for regional action to address these challenges are identified. The final section presents profiles of selected ICT projects in Caribbean schools.

The second volume of the Survey comprises individual studies of the countries, protectorates, and departments selected for inclusion in the Survey.

The region’s SIDS struggle against the challenges presented by their geographies, such as small and distributed populations, and vulnerability to both international economic and local climate events. Thus, the importance of the introduction of ICT into Caribbean education systems to strengthen the ability of local populations to participate in the international economy as workers and consumers, and as exporters of culturally linked goods, services, and information.


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REGIONAL TRENDS AND ANALYSIS - Volume 1

Complete report as one PDF file

Table of contents, Acronyms, Limitations of the report, Project background, Acknowledgements & Findings

Overview

Chapter 2. Regional trends

Chapter 3. Global trends in education and ICT


Chapter 4. Selected regional ICT initiatives in education

Chapter 5. Regional and national EMIS initiatives

Chapter 6. Profiles of selected projects

Chapter 7. Conclusion

COUNTRY REPORTS - Volume 2 

Complete report as one PDF file

A - Anguilla - Antigua and Barbuda - Aruba

B - Barbados - British Virgin Islands

C - Cayman Islands

D - Dominica

G - Grenada

J - Jamaica

M - Montserrat

S - St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Lucia - St. Vincent and the Grenadines

T - Trinidad and Tobago - Turks and Caicos Islands

U - U.S. Virgin Islands

Please note that the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guadalope, Haiti, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, and the U.S. commonwealth territory of Puerto Rico are not included in this survey.
 

 

 


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