By Marion V. Ali
Twelve volunteer students from Tsing Hua University in Taiwan are on a working visit to offer their expertise in the area of information technology to local students in western Belize.
From the time they arrived last week until they leave on August 24 the volunteers will tour San Antonio Village, El Progresso Village, and Duck Run 1, as well as visit the University of Belize and Sacred Heart College, offering training in computer technology.
Taiwan’s new Ambassador to Belize, Benjamin Ho, will donate 26 sets of desktop computers, 11 notebooks, and schools bags and stationery to the schools on behalf of the students. Ambassador Ho, who introduced the students to reporters this week, said that the students solicited the gifts from Taiwanese companies. In support of their goodwill gesture, the diplomat said, “the geographical distance [between Taiwan and Belize] does not matter because IT connects everyone.”
The students’ visit comes as part of their government’s goodwill program where 200 of them are sent abroad every year. This is the fourth year that volunteers from Taiwan’s national university have visited Belize.
In January, 2013, the volunteers, after learning that El Progresso Government School in Santa Elena Town, Cayo, did not have sufficient electricity, donated two sets of solar power panels and the batteries to the school.
To improve the learning environment for the students, the volunteers sought assistance from Taiwan and secured the donation of solar panels.