Scores of primary school students from around St Lucia had the opportunity to develop their computer skills at the 2011 edition of LIME Internet Summer School.
The annual Internet Summer School programme returned this year for the first time since 2007. Since that time, LIME has embarked on a project with the Government of St Lucia and Taiwanese Embassy to provide computer labs and free Internet access for every primary school in St Lucia. LIME also recently launched a new campaign aimed at enabling more St Lucians to get online by buying a low-cost personal computer.
The goal of Internet Summer School is to give children, especially those living in rural communities, the opportunity to get basic computer and Internet browsing classes free of charge. Over the years hundreds of children have benefitted from the programme.
This year classes were held at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School, Campus B from August 8-31. Two classes were held each day comprising of two groups of children 9-12 years old. Each group consisted of 20 students participating in the programme for one week under the guidance of a tutor and assistant. They were provided with meals and refreshments.
LIME Regional Product Manager for Broadband, Chandra Pierre said: “Our focus is to get the children started on the computer at an early age, so that they can position themselves to take
advantage of the vast knowledge base of educational information that is available on the Internet and, in doing so, derive tremendous benefits. LIME is committed to working with the schools to ensure that St Lucia’s children are not left behind, and that they have access to the tools they need to succeed in life.”