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Laborie Boys Primary School received a smart multimedia classroom courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, His Excellency Peter Chia-yen Chen, Ambassador of Taiwan to Saint Lucia, joined Hon. Alva Baptiste, MP for Laborie, at the school for the official handover of the newly renovated classroom.
The classroom now has two 65-inch smart displays and cameras, which teachers and students can use to make learning more interactive and fun. With access to various useful apps and platforms, students who are absent from school can now virtually participate in classroom lessons.
In his remarks, Ambassador Chen said Taiwan and Saint Lucia will continue to work together to provide a more inclusive and technology-driven educational environment for current and future generations of students.
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“Technology has made our new generation smarter and more accessible to more information, and has transformed the way they perceive our world,” Ambassador Chen said. “That is why the government of Taiwan planned and implemented the smart classroom in Saint Lucia. Thanks to the support of the Minister Baptiste, we succeeded in the primary school for boys in Laborie. I admire the Hon. The leadership of Minister Baptiste to always put the community first.
Ambassador Chen also thanked the Ministry of Education and the staff of Laborie Boys Primary School, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) and Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) for their joint efforts to make this project a reality.
For his part, the Hon. Alva Baptiste, who is also Minister of External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora, thanked the hardworking staff of the Taiwan Embassy for their dedication to ensuring that students in Saint Lucia benefit from the best learning opportunities. He said Labor has always held its deep commitment to education in high regard, and the smart classroom will build on this rich heritage.
“The smart classroom, with a computer, interactive whiteboard and projector, has changed the learning process and made it more exciting,” said Hon. said Baptist. “Through technology, it transports students to another place. There will always be a need for teachers because teachers need to accompany students on this journey of discovery and learning… This keeps students engaged, and teachers can now experiment and have flexibility with many different aspects .
Meanwhile, school principal Julian Darcheville beamed with enthusiasm as he thanked the Taiwan government and others who made the donation possible. He said that students would indeed benefit immensely from this new gift.
“I want to thank everyone who made this project possible, including the government of Taiwan,” Darcheville said. “I want to assure you that we will make good use of this classroom. This will go a long way in helping us prepare our students with the skills required to navigate the 21st century.”
As part of its mandate to assist in the social development of Saint Lucia, the Taiwan government is committed to equipping primary and secondary schools in Saint Lucia with smart technologies.
THE SOURCE: Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia. Main photo: Ambassador Peter Chia-yen Chen with Hon. Alva Baptiste, MP for Laborie; school principal, Julian Darcheville; school teachers; Mr. Denys Springer; and students at the official opening ceremony at Laborie Boys Elementary School.
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