In an effort to enhance the delivery of quality education in the Territory, NAGICO Insurances recently joined with the Rotary Club of Central Tortola (RCCT) to donate a state-of-the-art interactive Smart Board to the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School.
Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley, Ministry of Education, Culture, Agriculture, Fisheries, Youth Affairs and Sports accepted the donation on behalf of the school on Thursday, September 16.
In a press release, NAGICO stated that, Ms. Shaquilla Smith, NAGICO’s Manager and President of the Rotary Club of Central Tortola, Ms. Nelcia St. Jean made the presentation surrounded by teachers, including school principal, Mrs. Sybil Hodge.
Dr. Wheatley said, “On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Agriculture, Fisheries, Youth Affairs and Sports and the Government of the Virgin Islands
, I express my gratitude to Nagico and the Rotary Club of Central Tortola for their very kind donation of a smart board to the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School.”
The Minister added, “It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to operate a successful school. Those who take their corporate and civic responsibilities seriously are invaluable assets to the education system. We look forward to a continually strong partnership with NAGICO and the Rotary Club of Central Tortola.”
The Smart board’s 65" 4K ultra-high-definition LED display provides optimal image clarity and wide viewing angles. It is designed to bring lessons and presentations to life in a vivid interactive way while having the ability to connect students with other classrooms, teachers and learning resources globally.
“More and more we are seeing the important role that technology plays in education, particularly during this COVID
-19 era where in-person learning has not always been possible. NAGICO Insurances will remain supportive of the advancement of education in the Territory,” said Ms. Smith.
Ms. Smith added, “With this Smart board you can do everything on the interactive flat panel that you can do at your computer—open and close applications, meet with others, create new documents or edit existing ones, visit websites, play and manipulate videos, and so on—by touching the interactive flat panel’s surface.”
The Smart board, Ms. Smith shared, is also equipped with a pen ID feature that allows the user to assign different appearances to the two pens and write or draw over any application in digital ink. Object awareness allows you to perform mouse functions with your finger, write in digital ink with the pen, and erase with your palm or eraser—all without switching tools or modes. You can
use a variety of gestures in applications, and two users can write or draw at the same time.”
Ms. St. Jean stated that the Rotary Club of Central Tortola’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of the formal systems to support basic education and literacy development.
“Education is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. We encourage the teachers and students to make full use of the Smart board as a tool to enhance basic education and literacy which are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace,” Ms. St. Jean stated.