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 Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The e-learning project in Jamaica strives to improve the quality of education and the overall learning experience in Jamaica's high schools, with the ultimate goal being to increase the number of students who pass exit examinations, namely the Caribbean Examination Council's Secondary Examination.  Part of this e-learning project is training teachers in the use of ICTs so that they can integrate new technology into the classrooms to create a more stimulating and effective learning method for students.  This past week, 200 new teachers were aded to the perpetually growing list of Jamaican teachers who have been trained in the use of educational ICTs; these graduates bring the total number of trained teachers to over 11,000.

The teachers who have completed the ICT courses now hold either a level one or level two NCTVET, NCQ-J certificate, which the Senior Programme Director for Enterprise Based Training at HEART Trust/NTA asserts will be recognized internatoinally.  The training was completed with the goal to be for the teachers to prepare their students more throughly for eithe rlocal or international work.  Over 500 Jamaican administrators and trainers have been trained directly by the HEART Trust/NTA that works to train Jamaicans in ICTs so that they can operate at basic international standards.  Feedback from students who have benefited from increased ICT curriculums has been widely positive, and is an incentive for the program to keep training more educators in the future.

(Sources:  Jamaica Information Service and HEART Trust/NTA)

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