…Dedicates two e-centers soon
Darren D. Wilkins, who recently appointed as LIBTELCO managing director has promised to introduce several other methods of technology at the corporation.
He says technology is a critical economic and social tool that spurs growth, promotes innovation and supports societal integration.
In Liberia, Mr. Wilkins observed that a renewed focus has now been made in the telecommunications and information technology sector to promote a knowledge-based economy. And the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) is taking the right step in ensuring that these objectives are realized in the conflict-scarred nation through the innovative Computer Labs for the Advancement of Science in Schools (CLASS) available at public high schools and IMAGINE HUB at universities and colleges as well as in high schools across the country.
Driving this effort requires a unique skill-set and expertise combined by the passion to see technology taken to every stratum of the Liberian society.
Mr. Wilkins, a product of Hodges University with a Master’s in Applied Computer Information Technology, brings to bear the missing link to get the vision realized.
Darren, author of the book “A Digital Liberia,” was appointed by the Board of Directors of LIBTELCO as managing director following the resignation of Sebastian Muah to lead the government’s effort to take technology to the doorstep of every Liberian.
An accomplished ICT Professional with more than 12 years of experience in the field of ICT, Darren describes the impact of information and communications technologies on the future of Liberia. Emerging from a 14-year civil war and more than 150 years of underdevelopment, poverty, and illiteracy, Liberia is at present behind the curve with respect to modern and emerging technologies.
Even so, A Digital Liberia addresses six critical sectors in which ICT can play an important role: education, government, business, agriculture, security, and healthcare. Wilkins delineates strategies that will bring a paradigm shift in the Liberian society and identifies broadband through submarine fiber optic cables located in and around Africa, along with pointing out mobile technologies, open source software, cloud computing, and green IT as those technologies that will catalyze Liberia’s entry into the Digital Economy.
A Digital Liberia, one of the most optimistic literatures on a developing country, represents an unprecedented effort by an African-born author to outline plans for economic development through ICTs.
Darren will oversee the IMAGINE initiative, which is an innovative space created at colleges and universities to ignite creativity that will enhance the development and advancement of entrepreneurship for Liberians in the new global knowledge focus economy.
According to corporate information gathered on CLASS, its focus is to support and complement institutions and other government programs. The project seeks to establish computer labs in every public high school in the country. This bold and forward thinking effort will boost students’ access to research materials, science and mathematics learning tools and computer science.
In continuation of the implementation of CLASS and IMAGINE projects, LIBTELCO will dedicate two additional topnotch E-learning centers separately at the E. Jonathon Goodridge High School in Barnesville Estate and Gabriel Kpolleh High School in New Georgia.
In remarks, the new Managing Director of LIBTELCO said he is upbeat about the opportunity to lead the technological revolution through “CLASS.” He indicated that the project intends to bring ICT to the underprivileged population of Liberia so as to bridge the digital divide and prepare the country’s future leaders for competition in the global economy.
“LIBTELCO’s quest to establish CLASS E-learning centers at all public schools in Liberia remains intact. We will work with all public schools…We look forward to seeing the E-learning centers benefit our students in various communities where they are located. This project intends to allow students have access to the fiber submarine Internet that the government invested heavily in. It will enable them experience true high speed Internet,” the ICT guru intimated.
LIBTELCO’s Project Manager, Ralph Nemenla Sonkarlay, said the resignation of former MD Sebastian Muah has no negative impact on the overall vision and objective of the institution, adding, “the appointment of Darren, who is a well versed ICT professional, will obviously increase our pace to achieve the targeted goals. He stated: “Anyone can provide computers, but not just anyone can provide the quality of Internet at these centers.”