Jamaica's Educators Technology
April 25 – 27, 2012
It is now universally accepted that educating our people is the
most effective way to equip with the ability to provide for ourselves.
The product that is education, faces many challenges, not the least,
how to satisfy an impatient constituency in the form of parents,
students and the teaching institutions themselves. In fact, it is
true to say that the harbingers of change are not some nebulous
force, but teachers themselves, and the basic challenge today is
how to deliver quality education in an efficient and consistent
manner. With this in mind we would like to introduce you to RenWeb
and their Caribbean partner Zed Jamaica Limited.
The RenWeb School Management System (RenWeb SMS) has been in use for over twelve
years in over forty countries including Jamaica. Consistently in all those countries,
it is touted as the most comprehensive system ever viewed locally. In Jamaica the RenWeb
SMS is implemented in all the participating schools listed below. The System has also been
demonstrated to other schools and to key persons and organizations in the Education fraternity
||Two Ministers of Education - Honorable Andrew Holness
and Honorable Rev. Ronald Thwaites;
||the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA);
||principals of various schools;
||the Association of Principals & Vice-Principals;
||former Chief Education Officer and now Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Education Mrs. Grace Mclean;
||the Director of Information Technology, Ministry of Education
Mr. Debon Panton; and
||the IT Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education.
In addition we have also introduced the RenWeb SMS to The Ministry of Education
in Barbados, in Trinidad & Tobago,
in Antigua, in St. Lucia and to the President of the Trinidad & Tobago Unified
Capacity Building in Technology
In consulting with all our current RenWeb schools, the Ministry of Education
and other educators, locally, regionally and internationally, we came to the
conclusion that we
need to have a cultural shift towards embracing technology in our schools and
we need to include schools that are mainly in rural and urban areas with lacking
Whilst most of our schools are doing fine with the RenWeb SMS, we feel that they
can do much more if technology is understood and fully embraced by all. With
this idea in
mind, we asked RenWeb to work with us in putting together a conference that
would bring together all of our schools’ administrators and faculty in a forum,
to train, teach and exchange ideas on best practices in technology and education.
We want to create an atmosphere
in which all our RenWeb users can collaborate, learn from each other and where
local and overseas educators can have one on one discussion with each other.
Private Sector Partnership
We would like to invite the private sector to partner with us so that we can offer ten primary schools
FREE licensing, training, implementation of the system and participating in the conference. This program is
aimed to look at primary schools with 50 to 300 students, which are located in rural areas, with a limited
number of administrators and without adequate resources, such as computers and internet access.
We know that the Ministry of Education is interested in seeing how the RenWeb SMS can operate under these
circumstances and we are anxious to show the flexibility of the product and the advantages that it can offer to
every school in the Jamaican educational system.