Barbados schools and education institutions received a donation of US$5 million from the People’s Republic of China in order to give a boost to their teaching facilities Wednesday.
Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Ronald Jones received the funds from China’s ambassador, Wang Ke in a ceremony held at the ministry.
Barbados has had “long, cordial and very vibrant relationships with China, its governments over time and its people,” Jones said when thanking the government of China, according to Caribbean News Now.
The teaching equipment includes 3,000 computer desktops with large monitors; 2,000 laptops and 9,000 tablets; as well as 2,500 desks and chairs, said the minister, adding that the distribution has already started in various institutions.
The education minister stated that the 14,000 electronic devices would be distributed to all public and private schools included under the Education Act, and registered as bona fide schools in Barbados.
Educational institutions such as the Technical Vocational and Educational Training Council; Barbados Community College; Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic; Media Resource Department and the Barbados Accreditation Council; are slated to receive a part of the equipment.
In total, Jones said that the plan was to give just about every institution linked to education, science or technology a portion of the Chinese donation.