H.E. Anton Edmunds, Ambassador of Saint Lucia to the USA and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), on October 29, 2019 signed the ProFuturo Education Program Agreement, which will bring digital education to twelve (12) schools across Saint Lucia, benefiting 160 teachers and almost 3000 primary school students.
The ProFuturo Education Program is a collaborative initiative between the OAS and the ProFuturo Foundation of Spain. It aims to provide access to digital education using technology, and through teaching learning methodologies designed to empower teachers, and to provide students with training in skills and competencies for future personal and career opportunities. Tablets and other equipment valued at almost 50,000 Euros will be provided by ProFuturo as well as access to the “Weclass” Educational platform, where content is available on courses that focus on linguistic and STEM skills.
While the Program is being implemented across the globe, it is new to the Caribbean. The Embassy of Saint Lucia played a key role in facilitating the partners coming together to ensure Saint Lucia was one of four Caribbean countries participating in this regional component. Experts from the Ministry of Education, working closely with ProFuturo will be coordinating and implementing activities over the next year, ensuring that the digital education program fits seamlessly into the Saint Lucia national policy on integrating ICT into education.