January 31, 2014 – The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) is a US government program launched by President George W. Bush in 2004 to grant development aid through grants to support economic and political reforms. The funds are distributed in addition to the already existing foreign aid offered by the United States. The program is designed to encourage democratic governments and free-market economies by selecting countries showing good governance, public health and economic openness.
OITS won a contract from the MCA for the procurement and installation of IT equipment in 26 schools across the country. The project is divided into four phases. The first phase started in July 2013 and consisted of the evaluation and survey of each school. The second phase was finalized in September 2013 and focused on the installation of the IT network (set up of Wi-Fi, cabling, etc.). The current and third phase is the roll out of all hardware. Once all hardware is up and running, OITS will train teachers, regional and Ministry of Education IT staff in the usage of the IT labs. This last phase will be completed by May 2014.
Each school will have one or two IT labs fully equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a server with management software and educational content. Additionally, each will have an IT cart comprising 35 laptops and an additional 1 or 2 provided for the teachers. Each lab is an integrated IT solution managing the interaction between the teacher, the pupils and the content. Each school library will receive 5 personal computers and a printer. Finally the Administrative Department will also receive 2 PCs and a printer.
OITS is proud to have been selected among 8 contenders as the provider and installer of all IT equipment and for the training that will follow. The company’s employees are enthusiastic about contributing to the educational development of their country and hope to roll out more similar projects in the future.