WiFi projectors donated to fourteen secondary schools

Vice Chairperson of DASSSA, Kathy Casimir MacLean hands over one of the projectors

Fourteen (14) secondary schools on island are beneficiaries of WiFi Projectors courtesy of the Dominica Secondary Schools Supporters (DASSSA).

They are the Dominica Community High School, St Martin Secondary School, North East Comprehensive School, Goodwill Secondary School, Orion Academy, St John’s Academy, Portsmouth Secondary School, Convent High School, Pierre Charles Secondary School, Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, Castle Bruce Secondary, St Mary’s Academy, Dominica Grammar School and Arthur Waldron Seventh Day Adventist Academy.

The projectors were handed over to a teacher and student of each school at a ceremony held at the Goodwill Secondary School (at the Dominica Grammar School) on Tuesday.

Darwton

This year, the Ministry of Education is focusing on increasing the use of technology in the classrooms.

“I am sure that this donation will assist teachers in facilitating the process of increase technology in the schools,” Principal of the Goodwill Secondary School Edina Darwton said while delivering remarks.

According to her, the projectors will, in some way, mimic what the students are seeing when they make use of the cellphones or the tablets in their possession.

“It’s my firm belief that all our students will greatly benefit from these projectors and this learning resource will be of great value to the schools,” Darwton stated.

She vowed to take good care of the projectors so that both outgoing and incoming students will benefit.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairperson of DASSSA, Kathy Casimir MacLean said this is one of the association’s many projects and “we are delighted that we are able to support you and help you.”

She went on to say that projectors are being used in all classrooms in the United Kingdom (UK), “and they are tremendous support to children and their learning.”

DASSSA is a small UK-based charity. The association has been in existence for the past 10 years.  The DASSSA supports secondary school students who are facing difficulties financially for one reason or the other.

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13 Comments

  1. Christian Volney
    September 24, 2019

    Well done DASSSA and all those who contributed.
    The Children are the future…

  2. peaceandlove
    September 20, 2019

    Thank you DASSSA for taking the time to raise funds to bring technology to the schools in Dominica. Your efforts are very much appreciated in making a difference. THANK YOU!

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  3. September 19, 2019

    In my days at school, and ever as a teacher, I can only remember 4 High Schools in Dominica, which were the Convent High School, the Dominica Grammar School, the Saint Mary’s Academy, and the Goodwill Junior High School. Until 1974, when I left for Canada nothing had changed.

    Now I am reading about 14 High Schools around Dominica; students with cells phones and tablets, to motivate the learning ability.

    Those are the facts which make it difficult for me to believe that Dominica is worse than she was before; for as far as I have personally, observed compared to what I left, that claim is not true!

    The problem is that most adults today, do not know what the state of Dominica was, up to when I left and beyond that; most of those who lived at that time may have passed away.

    It is unfortunate that there are still some, who will not tell this generation what it was like before; instead of plaguing their minds with darkness and futility. How sad!!!

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    • OpenMind
      September 20, 2019

      What’s your point in relation to the article?

  4. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 18, 2019

     Blowing in the wind; Dominica as usual is still behind the times.

    WIFI is something that is in the air, if one have a cellular phone as long as WIFI is turned on; it is free for indoors, and out outdoors: This is nothing new!

     WiFi, or wireless networking as it should be referred to, before it became a staple computer accessory, is a technology that’s actually much older than most people think. 

    First tinkered with by a professor at the University of Hawaii named Norman Abramson, the act of transmitting data over the air was first achieved via HAM radio in 1971, though the technology that made it work was downright primitive by today’s standards.

    Due to the huge expense of the equipment that was required to make a HAM setup work, wireless would sit dormant on the shelves until the mid-90’s various formats and wireless frequencies were being proposed as the standard for the band that wireless internet would occupy.

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  5. September 18, 2019

    Thanks a million.

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  6. Annon
    September 18, 2019

    I guess that a lot of people on this island are not aware of the dangers of EMF and EMP. They are electromagnetic frequencies and subjecting children to them continuously is detrimental to their health. Translation: continuous exposure to Wifi can lead to health issues. Look it up. Children should not be exposed to this high technology in schools before they reach their teens and then exposure should be monitored. Cell phones are another problem and emit EMF’s. Keep these away from your body unless you want serious health issues e.g. brain cancer, infertility and more.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 20, 2019

      In that case Anon, you might as well get rid of your Television, your Microwave oven, Radio or anything in your house that uses electricity, get rid of your Radio in your car.
      Add to that don’t walk under any power transmission line in the streets, and when lightening flashes insulate yourself that electromagnet force cannot penetrate.
      Baloney Anon!

      I just happens to be a trained Electronic/Electrical Engineer okay; your comments on WiFi is so trivial a baby who knows will laugh at you!

      Anon note this: 

      “By 1997, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) had agreed on the 802.11 standard, which at that time was tied to what we now know as 802.11b.

      In order to get more companies and consumers interested in the wireless internet technology, the IEEE settled on the shortened “WiFi”, which would be adopted across the board as the universal term to describe a wireless LAN network that multiple users can transmit data to and from simultaneously.”
      Now…

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      • Annon
        September 27, 2019

        Just because something is approved does not mean that it is safe or in the best interest of the population. True ignorance is bliss and it is plentiful in the Dominica population. Happy health problems to you. I have no microwave and have taken precautions concerning EMF’s that I know are running through the air.

    • OpenMind
      September 20, 2019

      We can also rub sticks in the ground to create fire.

  7. joe blogs
    September 18, 2019

    “She went on to say that projectors are being used in all classrooms in the United Kingdom (UK), “and they are tremendous support to children and their learning.”
    thats a lie. cell phones are banned in half of all classrooms in the uk. its seen as a huge problem here in the UK, there are no laws actually banning them but schools are changing there individual rules to ban there use in class rooms

  8. Belle
    September 18, 2019

    Hi nice initiative. But only one Secondary School was not given. Was this an oversight.

  9. Goodwill
    September 18, 2019

    Congratulations and thanks to DASSA for this contribution to education in Dominica and congratulations to the recipient schools. Hope the results of this donation will be tangible in the outcomes in education.

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