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May 30, 2000

Queen’s Square School opens computer centre

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The Prime Minister and BTL may be at war over the high rates for internet service but that hasn’t stopped the nation’s educational system from embracing new technology. Today one south side school took a big step toward crossing the digital divide.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

The building costs $187,000 to construct. However, it was money well spent. For sometime now the students of Queen Square Anglican School have had to go to a private computer centre to receive their lessons and unfortunately the classes were only given to those students who could afford them. Today every boy and girl celebrated as they witnessed the official opening of their brand new computer lab and library.

Michael Pitts, Std. 6 Student

“We feel great now that we have a computer laboratory and we have a bigger library so that we can read to help us learn more about places other than Belize.”

It was not only the Government of Belize or the Social Investment Found that made this dream come true but the students’ parents assisted in the project as well. Carol Babb, the school’s principal says she is grateful for the assistance the school has received and is happy that all students will now be able to access the computer.

Carol Babb, Principal, Queen’s Square Anglican School

“It will be very beneficial. As you know Jackie we are living in a computer age and this building houses a computer lab. last week as part of education week we had a literature day, this building houses a library, we want our children to read so we have to supply them with the resources for reading.”

“Because we did not have a facility to offer computer classes, children had to go to one of the computer houses and only those children who can afford could go to classes but now we will make it open to every child so you know the education will be equal to all of them.”

As an added bonus, the Ministry of Education also donated 5 computers to the lab. The building was officially opened by Area Representative and Minister of Housing, Dickie Bradley and Cordel Hyde, the Minister of Education.

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