The BITF only lasted a year or two, but the organization did a lot of work building the educational component of the information technology infrastructure of Belize.
|Chris Aird, Chair||Sacred Heart College||San Ignacio|
|Robert Buckland||St. Catherine Academy||San Ignacio|
|Gina Kisling||University College of Belize||Belize City|
|Rafael Marin||Belize Telecommunications Ltd||Belize City|
|Carlos Namis||University Management||Belmopan|
|Harry Noble||Mopan Technical High School||Benque|
|Steve O'Connell||Ecumenical College||Dangriga|
|Karrine Sanders||National Library Service||Belize City|
|Stuart Simmons||St. John's College||Belize City|
|Jan Wilson||Corozal Community College||Corozal|
|Ademar Young||Belize Telecommunications Ltd||Belize City|
We recently found this photo and re-scanned it. You can see more detail
of the participants in the Software Freedom Day history.
Later that year, there was a workshop at St. Catherine Academy in Belize City where computer teachers learned to make network cables, and other skills to set up their computer labs. Training was led by Les Johnstone of Sacred Heart College, Jan Wilson of Corozal Junior College, and others.
There were also many meetings, to coordinate the efforts and to share what worked, and what didn't. Wherever the meetings were held, there were always those who had to drive an hour or more to get there.
To follow up on the Linux workshop, Mike Gundy and others helped secure a grant from the OAS to provide key support equipment for schools. It included good modems to connect to the Internet, network hubs, CD-ROM writers, hard drives, etc. This provided a jump-start for many existing schools to network their labs, and connect them to the Internet. Below, Mike Gundy displays a check from the OAS to get the equipment.
Meanwhile, BTL was laying the fiber optic bundles to better connect the country of Belize to the Internet.
Printed from linux.bz (Belize Internet Task Force - Linux.bz, Linux in Belize)