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  /  (E)-ducation in St. Lucia: Myth or Reality?

(E)-ducation in St. Lucia: Myth or Reality?

Gale T.C. Rigobert, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago

Abstract: There is an ongoing debate on the economic viability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the emerging e-economy. The centrality of ICTs in the current development discourse, suggests that countries have little choice but to embrace ICTs as a pivotal element in their development strategy. As St. Lucia seeks to diversify its economy away from agriculture to a service-based economy, it has become necessary to equip the next generation with the requisite e-skills to help propel that country into the e-age. The paper interrogates the socio-economic implications of the relatively slow uptake of ICTs in secondary schools on the island.

Keywords: ICTs; information communications technologies; Caribbean; St. Lucia; (e)-ducation; development; SIDS; small island developing states.