GIS – Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, John Calixte, recently spoke on the importance of developing technology skills in web design.
His comments were made at a prize giving ceremony for the Infant and Primary School Website Competition (District 3 – 6).
“I would like to challenge students to be creative in the ways they use websites at schools,” he said. “You need to ensure that you utilize websites in a responsible manner—for learning and providing information on activities undertaken at the school. Finally, I would like to challenge students to create a mobile app. We created a website so therefore, now, I would like to challenge you in this modern world, modern technology to create a mobile app for your schools which will definitely provide some visibility not only to the school but to the achievements of the students and their community”
Planning Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Claudia Louis, congratulated the schools who participated in the website competition.
“The objectives were really to let each school take control of their online presence, so we wanted every school to have a website and we wanted it to be controlled at the school level, so you have full control. We also wanted to encourage web development skills in our schools. Unlike the secondary schools competition, unfortunately we were not able to engage the students because your students are much younger; but we recognize that any skills passed on to the teachers will eventually be passed on to the students.”
The first place winner of the website competition, in District 3 was the the Ave Maria Primary School; in District 4, the Labayee SDA Primary School; in District 5, the Patience Combined School; and in District 6, the Plain View Combined School.