As of January of this year, only 147 of almost 6,000 educational centers in the country are applying the Digital Republic program that the Government is executing, and some 4,203 teachers are in the process of training for the management of these educational technologies.
According to information provided yesterday by the Education Minister, Antonio Peña Mirabal, as part of the program, some three thousand teachers have already received an equal number of laptops and 41 thousand high school students have received an equal number of these devices.
When the balance of the program, in the framework of the Ibero-American ICT Forum, Innovation and Educational Quality, the official explained that 21,307 primary students use tablets in the classrooms; 2,188 classrooms have interactive whiteboards; 44,447 parents have been sensitized about the program and 333,289 students are involved in science, technology and robotics programs.
“However, the aforementioned advances, the Ministry is in a process of acquiring new devices for its expansion of a second phase where 650 additional educational centers would enter all the regional regions of the country,” he said.
According to Peña Mirabal, it is not a question of leaving behind analogous instruments, as his predecessor, Andrés Navarro, coined the phrase “to leave behind the school of pencil and paper”, but to prepare before the advent of a new paradigm that will be to transform the educational system.
He also highlighted the vision of President Danilo Medina to create such a program. “Undoubtedly, we are facing an initiative that will have a significant impact on schools, in addition to making it possible for school leaders, teachers, students and families to strengthen this timely mastery of digital skills, and thereby achieve a significant improvement in the quality of the teaching-learning process of the students in the different curricular areas, “he assured.