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Embassy of the Republic of China, Taiwan Donates 60 Tablet Computers

On Thursday, December 12, 2013, The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is handing over 60 ASUS VivoTab RT tablet computers, donated by the ASUS Foundation of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to RESTORE Belize to be used to further education goals in Belize. This gift demonstrates the continued commitment of the Embassy of China (Taiwan) to improving education and mainstreaming technology in Belize.

Thirty (30) of these state-of-the-art tablet computers will be donated to the E. P. Yorke High School Digital Learning Center to implement a pilot program using the online Spanish language “Tell Me More” software, as part of a regional effort to improve students’ performance in CXC language exams. E. P. Yorke would not have been able to participate in this important pilot without this gift of 30 ASUS tablets. This program will be administered regionally by the Caribbean Examinations Council. The use of a mobile lab to augment a school’s computing capacity and to prepare for CXC are landmark accomplishments in the incorporation of technological tools into our education system.

An additional thirty (30) ASUS tablets will be awarded to teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching practice or who have been innovative in advancing the use of technology in their schools and classrooms. These teachers will use these tablets to explore new ways to use computer technology in classroom teaching.

The ASUS Vivo Tab RT has a slim and light profile that’s 8.3mm thin and 520g light and runs a new touch-enabled Windows 8 operating system. It features the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and 12-core GPU for outstanding mobile graphics performance, along with 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC user storage. It runs the Microsoft Office Software and is ideal for interfacing with the Internet. It features high-resolution multi-touch Super IPS+ display, top-quality audio, high-quality front and rear cameras, making it an excellent all-round multimedia performer.

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the ASUS Foundation, a leading technological company, are pleased to support technological innovation in educational in Belize through this gift.

Last year, through RESTORE Belize, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated 100 computers and computer based learning software to establish a computer-based literacy and numeracy program. This computer-assisted learning program now comprises 9 learning sites, with an expected expansion to rural areas early in 2014, and is already showing impressive results in improving literacy and numeracy in children and adults.

This most recent gift of 60 tablet computers from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) underlines their country’s continued support for the Prime Minister’s flagship crime prevention initiative, RESTORE Belize, and for education improvement and advancement in Belize.

Contact Marie Munoz or Mary Vasquez at RESTORE Belize; Tel: 223-0965 / 223-1269

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