On Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the ITVET Compound in Belize City, The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) handed over 60 ASUS VivoTab RT tablet computers, donated by the ASUS Foundation of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to RESTORE Belize to be used to further education goals in Belize. This gift demonstrates the continued commitment of the Embassy of China (Taiwan) to improving education and mainstreaming technology in Belize.
Thirty (30) of these state-of-the-art tablet computers were donated to the E. P. Yorke High School Digital Learning Center to implement a pilot programme using the online Spanish language “Tell Me More” software, as part of a regional effort to improve students’ performance in CXC language exams. E. P. Yorke would not have been able to participate in this important pilot without this gift of a the 30 ASUS tablets. This programme will be administered regionally by the Caribbean Examinations Council. The use of a mobile lab to augment a school’s computing capacity and to prepare for CXC are landmark accomplishments in the incorporation of technological tools into our education system.
An additional thirty (30) ASUS tablets were awarded to teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching practice or who have been innovative in advancing the use of technology in their schools and classrooms. These teachers will use their tablets to explore new ways to use computer technology in classroom teaching.
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the ASUS Foundation, a leading technological company, are pleased to support technological innovation in educational in Belize through this gift. Taiwanese Ambassador HE David Wu told the gathering that the gift to these teachers was an affirmation of them teaching with their heads as well as their hearts.
Last year, through RESTORE Belize, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated 100 computers and computer based learning software to establish a computer-based literacy and numeracy programme. This computer-assisted learning programme now comprises 9 learning sites, with an expected expansion to rural areas early in 2014, and is already showing impressive results in improving literacy and numeracy in children and adults.