Grenada is lagging a bit behind in terms of access to technology for students in the nation’s schools.
Local IT expert and Manager of Green Com Connections, Martin Alexander says while there is the technology in some of the schools, students’ access to the technology is somewhat limited.
Recently launched, Green Dot Connections has as one aspect of its goals, providing affordable computer systems to business operations of any size as well as schools and other educational institutions.
Alexander insists that the “green” in the name of his business is significant because it is indeed a green business; refurbishing computer systems to a first-class working condition. This minimizes the number of computer parts that end up in the environment. In addition, systems are customized to fit the individual needs of the customer.
The local entrepreneur who lived and worked in Canada for many years has established contacts and business partners in that country and therefore sources parts and components from manufacturers and suppliers there.
Alexander professed a special interest in seeing every student in Grenada’s schools provided with access to computers to assist them with their studies and research. He said he has worked extensively with the computerization of schools in the past and Grenada is behind not only in the technology itself but also in terms of access for students to the technology.
The computer expert pointed out that a school might have a lab with about seven computers to serve 200 students, which is not nearly enough. “We just have to find cost-effective ways to put more. Considering the processing needs of students in either primary or secondary school, they wouldn’t need the most advanced computers to fit their needs.
Having analyzed what the schools need to provide effective access to computer systems, Alexander is now focused on negotiating with the schools and the Ministry of Education to look at ways to provide those needs. “I know what we need from the standpoint that the general cry throughout is that they need more access so whatever that access is going to cost, I am suggesting a model that is being used in North America to the point where we get to the level of computers that is more current.
He suggested that when companies upgrade their systems they could donate their old computers to a pool that would be in turn distributed to the schools and the government could provide that company with a tax break in return.
Alexander and Green Com have already adopted a school where he would be putting a “green” lab. They will ensure that the lab is 100% functional every school day of the year. The school, in this case, would not have to worry about maintenance of the lab since that would be taken care of by Green Com.
Students would be asked to pay a reasonable fee and they are guaranteed constant access to computers while at school.
The Grenadian entrepreneur hopes that through discussion he could sell his idea of computerizing that school to the Government of Grenada and confirmed that he is capable of supplying all of the schools