Thursday 20 June, 2019

Schools need new technology to progress

Fifth year students planting a tree as IT Coordinator, eronica Lovell-Grandison (kneeling) and Principal Dr. Yvette Mayers.

Fifth year students planting a tree as IT Coordinator, eronica Lovell-Grandison (kneeling) and Principal Dr. Yvette Mayers.

In order for students to utilize technology in a more effective way, schools need to be equipped with modern computers and software.  

This is the view expressed by Veronica Lovell-Grandison, an Information Technology teacher at the St. Michael school.   

Lovell-Grandison shared her views with LOOP NEWS on the sidelines of a tree planting ceremony at the Martindale’s Road institution to mark this year’s Girls in ICT program, a regional initiative geared at getting more females involved in tech-based careers.  

Participants were allowed to choose from the program’s core causes- gender-based violence, and climate change resilience. 

Lovell-Grandison said the world is moving toward tech-based careers and Barbadian schools need to get on board.  

“We already have a lot of careers emerging in the IT field and because IT is now driving the world, I believe more careers will also emerge in the future. If we have the infrastructure we can start grooming our girls to find their place in those areas so they can become successful.” 

“Even if students don’t want to go into IT as a career, the opportunity is there to get involved in technology in a positive way, not just to go on Facebook and other social media sites."

With almost 30 years experience in the field, Lovell-Grandison said she expects the number of females pursuing IT courses to increase as the Girls in ICT program progresses.  

“In schools we are finding that most of the boys are the ones who will be in the IT class and even if you do have some girls, the boys would outnumber them. With this initiative, we can train our girls in IT and in problem solving and seeing where they can charter their IT career.” 

Although the program is female centered, the third-year males also came on board to assist with the tree-planting ceremony in celebration of the St Michael School celebrating 40 years as a co-educational institution. 

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