Saint Kitts and Nevis
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In a nutshell
The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis), located in the Leeward Islands, is a federal two-island nation in the West Indies. The islands have a history rich in international trade dating back to the British and French installation of sugar plantations. It was the leading trade centre in the New World for many years. It is still an international centre for tourism and tertiary education.
It is the smallest nation in the Americas, in both area and population - of around 50,000. Total land area of St. Kitts is 168 sq. km. [65 sq. mi.] and Nevis 93 sq. km. [36 sq. mi.] but the islands are mostly mountainous with the population scattered around the peaks of Mt. Liamuiga and Nevis Peak. The Capitol City of Basseterre has a population of about 15,000. The capitol city and headquarters of government for the federated state is on the larger island of Saint Kitts. The smaller state of Nevis lies about 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Saint Kitts, across a shallow channel called "The Narrows".
Historically, the British dependency of Anguilla was also a part of this union, which was then known collectively as Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla.
Saint Kitts and Nevis are geographically part of the Leeward Islands. To the north-northwest lie the islands of Saint Eustatius, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Martin. To the east and northeast are Antigua and Barbuda, and to the southeast is the small uninhabited island of Redonda, and the island of Montserrat, which currently has an active volcano (see Soufrière Hills.)
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Schools in Saint Kitts and Nevis
The public school system begins with Early Childhood Education and includes a network of nursery centres for infants to three year olds, preschool centres for children to age five, and daycare centres for infant to age five. There are 18 public primary schools in St. Kitts and 7 in Nevis. There are six private primary schools in St. Kitts and three in Nevis. There are 11 secondary schools serving St. Kitts and Nevis. One of those is a private school and one is a virtual school funded by the United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organization [UNESCO] field office based in Jamaica. The primary and secondary schools geographically serve the island communities.
The only international or independent school in St. Kitts and Nevis is St. Kitts International Academy or SKI. It is not affiliated with the Caribbean Association of Independent Schools which lists 14 schools in Puerto Rico and six in the Virgin Islands. The Office of Overseas Schools at the U.S. Department of State provides services to Assisted Schools in the Caribbean nations of Aruba, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Schools at Post, also known as American Schools that are served by the State Department are located in Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica.
Included in the services provided by the State Department to the International Schools is access to the World Virtual School Project Global Services, which is a Moodle based learning platform for delivering online classes to Americans living abroad and generally working in the military or foreign service. The Caribbean Virtual School is based at the UNESCO field office in Jamaica and serves Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. It is a Moodle based learning platform administered by the World Virtual School, Inc.
Further and higher education
The educational system for tertiary learning demonstrates both public participation and international investment. The Ministry of Education administers the Advanced Vocational Education Centre, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, the National Skills Training Program, and Project Strong. Each targets a specific population group identified through the comprehensive examination system administered by Caribbean Examinations Council.
The University of the West Indies Open Campus has a country campus located in Basseterre. There are also five medical schools and a graduate school located in St. Kitts all with international funding and serving an international student population.
Internet in St. Kitts and Nevis
The Caribbean Telecommunications Union initiated the Enhancing Competitiveness in the Caribbean through the Harmonization of ICT Policies (HIPCAR) regional project in partnership with the European Commission in 2008. Until recently there was little movement toward the implementation of HIPCAR in the islands. Technical assistance was available for Information Society issues including: eCommerce, Privacy and Data Protection, Interception of Communication, Cybercrime, and Access to Public Information; and Telecommunications Regulations including: Universal Service, Interconnection, and Licensing. Caribbean News Now published a report 3 August 2012 that the donation of servers required for establishing an Internet Exchange Point and domain name root servers were delivered by the United States-based company Packet Clearing House.
St. Christopher and Nevis Chapter 18.08 Copyright Act. World Intellectual Property Organization.
ICT in education initiatives
Caribbean knowledge and learning network
The Caribbean knowledge and learning network has conducted some small projects:
St. Kitts and Nevis enhanced the One-to-One Laptop Computer Initiative. Each high school student now receives a free computer. Furthermore, plans are also in place to give the laptops to teachers and staff of high schools. This project is being supported by a monetary donation and information technology equipment from the Formosan [Taiwanese] Government.
Trinidad and Tobago is home of the Virtual University of the Small States of the Commonwealth and Open Schooling initiatives. The Distance Learning Secretariat of the Ministry of Education established capacity-building activities related to the development and use of Open Educational Resources for the tertiary education sector.
Caribbean students preparing for high school exit exams have access to an online library of multimedia learning resources. A digital library and study groups help students prepare to take the Caribbean Examination Council exams.