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UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND PROJECT UPDATES

 

 

The following projects are all completed in terms of installation and supply of equipment between the period 2014/2015. According to the most recent project monitoring reports the project outputs so far have been highly utilized with good service by the various communities and institutions.

The NTRC/USFO continues its five (5) year subsidy commitment to these projects.

 

1)  Babonneau Community WiFi and Library Project 

The Babonneau Constituency Council and Management Committee for the Babonneau Library has submitted a proposal to the Universal Service Fund for assistance in the creation of an ICT space and a community resource centre that will support ICT mediated training, community access to ICT resources and also augment the services afforded by the Library. Click here for more information.

 

2)  Ciceron Secondary School Labs and Community WiFi Project

The Ciceron Secondary School is in the process of mapping out its vision and redefining its goals for the period 2013-2017. As part of these efforts they are re-examining the ICT integration and upgrading the services and systems which currently exists. The school will be upgrading three (3) of its eight (8) labs. These labs presently are experiencing the highest usage and would be used for the community outreach programmes. Click Here for more information

 

3)  Soufriere Community Access Centre and Community WiFi Project

The National Information and Communication Technology Office (NICTO) under the Ministry responsible for Communication and ICT submitted a proposal to the Universal Service Fund for assistance in the provision of broadband Access and Wi-Fi hotpots, laptop computers and a storage cart for the Soufriere Community Access Centre.  The project was approved in keeping with the Universal Service Fund (USF) regulations of 2008. Click Here for more information.

 

4)  Digicel (Saint Lucia) Limited Payphone Project 

On May 5th 2014, The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and DIGICEL St. Lucia Ltd entered into a contractual agreement to install fifteen (15) public payphones in rural communities throughout St. Lucia. The project is a continuation of an existing payphone infrastructure operated by DIGICEL.  Click Here for more information

 

5)  National ICT Office (NICTO) Libraries and Community Access Centers Project

The ability to communicate and share information is a right that everyone should be afforded. It is against this backdrop that the government of Saint Lucia through the National ICT Office (NICTO) continues its thrust to guarantee digital inclusion of all through the implementation of its Community Access Programmes. Under the programme numerous initiatives have been developed and key partners have been identified to reduce the digital divide existing in Saint Lucia. One key component under the programme is the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots and access devices in key community spaces as a means of increase access by the people. The NICTO expects that a phased approach will be adapted to increasing broadband access to the people. In the first phase of this project the Libraries and the ICT Centres will be targeted and Phase two will concentrate on the Community Centres and Human Resource Development Centres.

Project Objectives:

To provide multiple access points in different locations in order to ensure that access to internet resources and information is conveniently available to the diversity of users in each community.

Establish partnerships to promote local access to ICTs for the poor, and ensure meaningful use and social appropriation.

Building the culture needed to promoting the use of ICT tools and best practices to solve emerging local problems and challenges.

Upgrade the current ICT infrastructure (LAN) to facilitate the use of access devices to improve connectivity (Wi-Fi, Hot Spots and internet)

6)  Enabling the Differently Abled in ICT

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Special needs institutions throughout St. Lucia submitted seven (7) project proposals for the following institutions:

a)      Dunnottar School and Vocational Centre

b)      St Lucia Blind Welfare Association- Castries and Dennery

c)      Special Education Unit –Castries, Soufriere and Vieux Fort

d)     Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre

 Project Objectives:

 

a)      Dunnottar School and Vocational Centre

 - Increase in Internet bandwidth and the installation of wireless Internet that would permit meaningful ICT integration in education at this special education centre as well as the neighbouring early childhood institutions.

- The provision of computer hardware, peripherals, computing device and assistive devices dedicated to special needs persons that would make learning and living in general in technological devices and software to students, especially the students with communicative difficulties.

 

b)     St Lucia Blind Welfare Association (Castries and Dennery)

 -  To upgrade Communication technology and services to address issues relating to capacity and ageing technology.

-  To align with technology trends

-  To increase wireless coverage throughout all SLBWA programmes Castries and Dennery

-   To provide ICT access to Dennery Child Development Centre (DCDC) to facilitate teaching and training.

 

c)      Special Education Unit

         (Castries)

  -         Increase the capacity of the SEU to conduct reliable and valid assessments of children with special needs by increasing the number of current, age-appropriate and multi-disciplinary assessment tools available to perform comprehensive evaluation of students.

-         Provide members of the SEU team with electronic devices that will facilitate access to electronic records and online digital resources during field assessments and teacher/school support activities.

         (Soufriere and Vieux Fort)

 -         Increase in internet bandwidth and the installation of wireless Internet that would permit meaningful ICT integration in education at this special education centre as well as the neighbouring early childhood institutions.

-      The provision of computer hardware, peripherals, computing device and assistive devices dedicated to special needs persons that would make learning and living in general in technological devices and software to students, especially the students with communicative difficulties. 

 

d)     Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre

 - To improve learning outcomes for all students using various assistive devices

- To enable the students to achieve independence, a basic human right, through the use of assistive devices and other ICTs

- To improve teacher instruction by making more interactive and student centered

 

7)  Sir Arthur Lewis Community College -Southern Campus

The main purpose of this project is to enhance teaching at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College -Southern Extension through increased connectivity that will support pedagogical activities and ICT distance learning programmes. Additionally, the project aims at enhancing collaboration, communication, and information sharing between the South and Morne Campus through a solid broadband connectivity. Via this project initiative, access to marginalized groups such as rural residents will be provisioned through the delivery of online learning technologies.

Project Objectives:

-          improved broadband connectivity

-          the provision of technology to enhance teaching, learning and research

-          Online video conferencing

 

UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND UPCOMING PROJECTS

 

The Edu Connect and GI net project including all Secondary Schools throughout St. Lucia.

This proposal focuses on four core areas in ICT geared towards community development, namely:

 

1. EduNet: Wireless Access Network (WAN) to connect all secondary schools

-          Upgrade of EduNet infrastructure

-          Upgrade of broadband and internet

-          Localized Wi-Fi on school campuses

-          Capacity building for teachers

-          Content development

 

2. GiNet: Wi-Fi Zones and Broadband in twenty (20) community spaces and Human

Resource Development Centres (HRDC) to ensure that internet access is readily

available to residents

-          Support the maintenance costs for broadband internet access in twenty (20) community spaces

-          Implementation of Wi-Fi zones (20)

-          Support maintenance cost of Wi-Fi backbone infrastructure in twenty (20) community spaces

-          Support maintenance of redundant links

-          Proposed Service Level Agreement (SLA)

 

3. Broadband subsidy support: Reduce the cost of broadband to local internet cafés to

extend access to rural communities

-          Identify internet café businesses

-          Support a call for 20% increase to help initiate new business opportunities

-          Establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms

-          Subsidy packages and options

 

4. Online Training: Development of technology skills to create avenues for personal growth and development

-          Self-paced learning

-          Online Libraries

 

Project Objectives:

- Establish a redundant and robust broadband backbone to connect the Ministry of Education,

   Eight (8) District Education Offices and Twenty Five (25) Secondary Schools;

 

- Expand this network to other development groups that represent community interests thereby

extending access. This will be done by adding more nodes to share resources, research and

knowledge;

 

-Develop a teaching workforce in which all practitioners possess the requisite skills and

competencies required to use ICT as a tool in enhancing the teaching/learning process;

 

-Create the supporting infrastructure to connect to other tertiary institutions and libraries for

global collaboration, increased electronic networking and enhanced stakeholder participation;

 

-Create the supporting infrastructure to enhance school management and administrative

functions;

 

- Create an ICT environment in the education system that encourages creativity, innovation,

critical thinking, communication, research and decision making;

 

- Establish a platform for new and innovative public-private sector partnerships (PPPs) which will emphasize GOSL's role as an enabler for development

 

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