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Laptops for school

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, July 19, 2013

NAUSORI High School is the first ever school in Fiji to receive 10 laptops from the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation's mEducation program.

The program, under the 50/50 policy and internet accessibility of the foundation, is aimed at introducing digital literacy in the schools.

Principal Praveen Chand said the rural setting of the school was a major obstacle for students to access modern learning facilities and get access to internet for education and research.

"Inability to access latest information of various topics taught at schools had also been a challenge to the teachers as well," Mr Chand said.

"Now, all of this will change as destiny smiled on the school through the mEducation kit grant by the foundation."

Foundation executive Ambalika Devi said: "Technology is now bringing a profound transformation in education in ways that we can see before our eyes and in others that we have not even dreamt of yet.

"We can't deny our current generation the latest technological learning tools and it is clear that technology is going to bring changes to how and what we teach.

"First, technology has the potential to disseminate learning much more widely than ever before. Subjects, classes and concepts that were previously limited to a few people are now available to any child or adult with an internet connection all over Fiji."

As online materials grow and flourish, Ms Devi said "we all need to think about how we could guide students through the wealth of information and techniques available and accessible online".