Screen_Shot_2015-04-23_at_8.03.20_PMThe Annual Belize Association of Principal of Secondary Schools conference began today. The conference is being hosted this year in the Corozal District. Day one of the conference was held at the Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico School grounds under the theme “The Principal and the Digital generation”. Endevora Jorgensen, Principal at the Corozal Community College told us more about the first day of the conference.

Endevora Jorgensen – CCC School Principal

“We have two main guest speakers; the first one is Mr. Dwight Gillette from the ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities and then we would also have Mr. David Leacock who is the CEO from the ministry of education and his presentation will be in education and technology, the way forward because the technology is here to stay and we as educators we need to be aware of what it can do, it potential and its use and abuse and how we move with technology.”

The BAPSS considers the subject of the theme a highly important one as it affects students across the board says Jorgensen.

Endevora Jorgensen – CCC School Principal

“It is a tool and like any other tool it can be used to its maximum or it can be abuse and so we need to educate our young people and we also need to educate the public and we also need to keep asking the government because one of the biggest drawback with the technology is the cost, because Belize I guess pays the most  for internet and also the issue of bandwidth because if you don’t have enough bandwidth then when you are downloading things it takes forever so in my humble opinion is to educate the people about the use of it and then to lobby for more bandwidth and lowest the cost for the use of the internet so some Principals are trying to assist by having I guess they call it hotspot for internet but it is more important that we educate about the use of it because like the social media the young people need to understand that the social media is good but it can also be bad.”

On the second day of the conference, the BAPSS will be looking at building ICTs in schools and also at what the Ministry of Education is doing about technology in schools. Some forty secondary school principals are attending the conference.

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