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[MEDIA ALERT] Launch of new OECS-UNICEF initiative to connect all OECS schools to the internet

[MEDIA ALERT] Launch of new OECS-UNICEF initiative to connect all OECS schools to the internet

Press Invitation

The OECS Commission has launched ProjectConnect, which is the first pillar of the GIGA initiative – a global initiative to connect every school to the internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice.

ProjectConnect is aimed at mapping the connectivity of all existing schools in the OECS region as a step towards ensuring that every school is connected to fast and reliable internet. A training on data collection with representatives from different Member States is currently being held from November 26-29th, 2019 in Antigua and Barbuda.

The media is invited to a press briefing on Thursday 28th November at 9 a.m., at the Sugar Ridge Hotel, Antigua and Barbuda. 

WHAT

The principal goal of the training activity is to strengthen the capacity of agencies in the education sector in collecting, analysing and using spatial data in schools and to improve connectivity. More specifically, the workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to: 

  1. Have a global overview of ProjectConnect;

  2. Collect, edit and disseminate spatial data on schools through the use of open source tools;

  3. Understand key mapping concepts and techniques; and

  4. Analyse data on school location, connectivity and other key indicators.

WHO

Participants include:

  • Members of the ProjectConnect team;

  • OECS Statistical Services Unit;

  • OECS Education Development Management Unit;

  • Ministries of Education from 9 OECS Member States, namely Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla; and

  • Official delegates from UNICEF and ITU.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The media are invited to a press briefing on Thursday 28th November, 2019 at 9 am.

WHERE
Sugar Ridge Hotel, Antigua and Barbuda. 

MEDIA CONTACT

Tevin Shepherd

tevin.shepherd@oecs.int

(758) 451 9716

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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