Belize has received the prestigious honor of being featured in the February 2013 issue of the United Airlines in-flight magazine, Hemispheres. Belize was chosen for the “Three Perfect Days” article, and is also featured on the cover of the magazine. To capture the full authentic Belizean experience, the twelve page spread features a myriad of adventures and gives readers a peek at just what sets Belize apart; the people, culture, food, and landscapes are just a snapshot of what makes Belize the ideal tourist destination. Joe Keohane and Al Argueta take readers on a journey into the heart of Central America, Belize. “Day One,” the adventure begins at the Blancaneaux Lodge in the Cayo District, and later takes readers into Rio Frio Cave and then on to discover the mysteries of Caracol. “Day Two” journeys along the scenic George Price and Hummingbird Highways to Placencia and is complemented with a stop at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The perfect drive is capped off with dinner at popular local eatery, Wendy’s Restaurant. And, what better way to get some r and r than to retire for the night at The Inn at Robert’s Grove? “Day Three” goes underwater for a snorkeling excursion in warm, pristine Belizean waters where marine life dances in an unspoiled habitat. The final night winds down with dinner at renowned RumFish Y Vino, topped off with drinks, music, and a game at Yoli’s. Hemispheres is an award winning, monthly magazine which highlights numerous topics, including travel, technology, business, fashion, luxury goods, food and drink, sports, luxury cars, and global culture. The magazine reaches over twelve million passengers monthly, as it is available in all United flights to over 378 destinations worldwide. The magazine is also accessible via United’s website, social media sites, and mobile app available for iPads.

Published on : Monday, February 4, 2013

Hundreds of parents and guardians attended the first of a series of consultations on the e-Education computer tablets and the e-Education connectivity component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavor (GATE) programme on Tuesday.

The initiative which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Telecommunications and the Ministry of Education was held at the St John’s Pentecostal Church House of Restoration Ministries.

During the meeting parents of students in forms 4 and 5 which attend the A.E. Goodwin Faith and Hope, Baptist Academy, CCSET International Academy, Clare Hall Secondary School, Christian Faith Academy and Ottos Comprehensive School engaged in dialogue with officials from the Telecommunications Ministry, Education Ministry, Digicel and CXC.

Following the meeting close to three hundred parents/guardians registered their child for this component of the GATE programme.

Minister of Telecommunications Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor said the current administration realizes that there are many working class families in this country who cannot afford access to a computer or access to the internet.
He added the GATE project will give students in Antigua and Barbuda direct access to the most advanced communications technology available today.

“Your child or children must be empowered with technology because that is a pre-requisite for practically every job in the future.” Dr. Mansoor said.

Under GATE all students in forms 4 and 5 in all public and private secondary schools are eligible to be allocated a computer tablet and broadband Internet connectivity.

“The tablet remains the property of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and we are loaning it to the students. In the case of the fourth formers we are loaning it to them until they reach the final day of their examinations in form 5. In the case of the fifth formers they have to return it to the ministry on the last day of their CXC examinations.” Dr. Mansoor said.

Speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Assistant Registrar Michelle Stephens encouraged parents to ensure that their children utilize online learning resource Notesmaster.
The CXC Notesmaster bookmark is pre-downloaded on all the tablet devices that are allocated to students through the GATE programme.

“We have been working with Ministry’s of Educations including the ministry here and the Ministry of ICT to ensure that teachers are equipped with the tools necessary to engage students to succeed better. One of that is training in the Notesmaster portal, which is an online learning tool that ensures that students have the content to prepare for the CXC exams.” Stephens said.

Meanwhile Notesmaster representative Jason Raymond conducted a webinar tutorial on the free CXC learning portal.

Raymond pointed out that the core idea behind Notesmaster is to provide a first class learning resource for teachers and students around the Caribbean.

He said Notesmaster currently enables teachers to create and save their class teaching material online, and allows students to browse content, both inside and outside the classroom.

On Wednesday, 30th January, a consultation will be held for parents of students from the following schools: All Saints Secondary, Christ The King High, Jennings Secondary, Sea View Academy, Seventh Day Adventist Secondary, St. Anthony’s Secondary and Trinity Academy.

And on Thursday 31st, January, a consultation will be held for parents of students from the following schools: Glanvilles Secondary, Pares Secondary, Princess Margaret and Antigua Grammar.

Parents who are interested in registering their children for GATE at the consultations must bring along one photo ID (passport, driver’s license, voter’s ID or new social security card).

The Government Assisted Technology Endeavour, (GATE) is a four-component, award winning partnership between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and Digicel.Com/marcus-t-wright/digital-learning-games-must-be-more-than-skinner-boxes b 7547020

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