Trinidad and Tobago’s use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education to equip children with the IT skills to take into work has received praise in a new report that assesses educational ICT standards in Latin America. Trinidad makes it a priority to build computer infrastructure in secondary schools, for example. The number of children per computer in the country is just four compared to, say, nine children per terminal in Argentina. Only six countries out of 38, including Trinidad and Tobago, reported that radio-assisted instruction is offered in all primary and secondary schools.
The UIS report, entitled ICT in Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: A regional analysis of ICT integration and e-readiness, is further evidence of Trinidad’s commitment to build strong social and economic foundations for ICT growth and is part of a strategy to create the right conditions to attract foreign investment in ICT activities. The report states that Caribbean countries have much higher levels of ICT-assisted instruction using computers and the Internet than in South and Central America, where a lack of infrastructure is an obstacle to e-readiness.