Some of the successes of the recently completed Investing in Students and Programs for the Innovative Reform of Education (INSPIRE) Program financed by the IDB, are that in 2014 all 78 public high schools in The Bahamas are equipped with computer labs and promethean boards, trained teachers in the use of teaching via the computer and promethean boards, and students enjoying learning via these tools. Two main objectives of the INSPIRE Program were upgrading secondary schools through new curricula integrating technical and vocational areas and training teachers in the use of new technologies in the classroom. Based on a visit to several public schools throughout the archipelago of The Bahamas just before summer break, I could see that these objectives were fulfilled.
Technical drawing teacher in a high school using the promethean board in his lesson
Additionally, there were several spill-over effects due to newly equipped computer labs in all public high schools. The computers already in these schools were transferred to public primary and early education schools as well as to community resource centres, which meant that younger students were being trained via the computer and more communities had access to computers and the internet as tools for gaining information.
A Community Computer Lab