The Central Bank of Barbados today announced that it will be hosting an information technology (IT) fair for Secondary Schools on November 8, 9 and 10, 2004.
The fair, under the theme, “Information Technology and Education - Investing in Our Future”, is an innovation to the Secondary Schools’ Outreach programme which the Bank has sponsored for more than two decades. Traditionally, the outreach programme has focused on lectures in banking, finance and economics for students preparing for the Caribbean Examinations Council’s CSEC and CAPE programmes.
The Bank, Barbados Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), PRISM and seven information technology (IT) vendors will showcase the technologies employed in business. The IT vendors participating in the fair are: Cable and Wireless, IBM, Vision Systems, Sunbeach, Regional Business Systems, Illuminat and Fujitsu-ICL.
In announcing the plans for the fair, Governor Dr. Marion Williams said that the event will commence with an official opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, November 8, 2004 at the Frank Collymore Hall. Following the opening ceremony, the students will take guided tours of the exhibition, which will be set up in the Hall and Grande Salle. Twelve hundred students and over fifty teachers are expected to visit the expo over the three-day period.
The booths will showcase in a practical manner many of the topics covered in the IT syllabus, including: Application Development and Programming Collaboration, Computer Hardware Technology, Edutech Software, Internet and High Speed Networks, Mobile and Wireless, Networking and Security applications. In addition, students will see how the payment systems operate, as there will be a demonstration of how cheques are processed and cleared electronically.
The idea for the fair emanated from a request by teachers of fourth, fifth and sixth form students for a demonstration of how information technology is put to work in the banking community. Miss Janice Marshall, Director of the MIS Department of the Central Bank, has been the initiator and coordinator of the fair.
Governor Williams said that the Bank was pleased to be associated with the fair, given the emphasis on information technology as a means of improving efficiency in all facets of life, especially in the workplace. Dr. Williams also thanked the IT vendors, PRISM and the BIBF for partnering with the Bank in this venture.