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Survey of ICT and Education in the Caribbean: Regional Trends and Analysis

Volume 1: Regional Trends and Analysis

This survey provides a general overview of current activities and issues related to ICT use in education in individual Caribbean countries and territories. It is intended to address the information needs and interests of donor organizations as well as Caribbean education policymakers, strategists, and implementers.

The Survey of ICT and Education in the Caribbean is intended to meet the need for a comprehensive representation of the current state of ICT use in education in the Caribbean. It focuses on the region's small island developing states (SIDS) so as to maximize understanding of areas of commonality in terms of scale, economic factors, and other conditions.  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 TPD
  • Critical challenges

Accordingly, sections include:

Regional trends - Broad factors conditioning ICT use in education in the region; trends in connectivity, maintenance and other program areas; challenges commonly cited by respondents; barriers to technology integration; e-waste disposal.

  • Global trends in education and ICT - Current international developments in the use of ICT for education, ranging from lease-based procurement, to active-learning pedagogies, to one-to-one computing.
  • Selected regional ICT initiatives in education - Profiles and discussion of six initiatives intended to increase ICT access and/or capacity among education systems and educational institutions: OERU policy initiative; CUPIDE; CKLN; UWIDEC blended learning project; Caribbean Association for Distance and Open Learning (CARADOL); Virtual University of the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC).
  • Regional and national EMIS initiatives - A brief history of EMIS implementation in the region; chart of current status of EMIS in individual countries; discussion of three current (2007) EMIS pilot tests.
  • Profiles of selected projects - Brief discussions of four country-based ICT projects in education: EduTech 2000 from the Barbados Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture (MOE) Barbados Learning Management System (LMS) and National Qualifications Register (NQR), from Jamaica’s HEART Trust/NTA; Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) network from the US Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE); School of Tomorrow from Aruba’s MOE.

The preliminary data presented here, drawn from a quick survey process conducted in 2007, should be regarded as illustrative rather than exhaustive.

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

This project is proudly supported and funded by the European Commission.

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