The Exuma Learning with Technology Project (ELTP) is a comprehensive effort to address deficiencies in numeracy and literacy in the primary schools of Exuma through the integration of personalized learning technology in the classroom. In 2015, Bill Sanford of Charleston, S.C. successfully piloted the program at the Farmers Cay All Age School and has since made significant contributions to expand into the ELTP through public-private partnerships facilitated by The Exuma Foundation. Through these partnerships, the ELTP now reaches 200+ students in 7 Ministry of Education (MOE) Primary Schools on Great and Little Exuma. The MOE has designated an itinerant teacher to support the inclusion of new technology and monitor student progress. Teacher training sessions are now a regular aspect of professional development throughout the school year. A full summary of ELTP history, milestones, and highlights can be found here.
The ELTP started as an effort by a single person dedicated to helping a single school improve learning outcomes through technology. The early challenges experienced in the development of the program have resulted in solid basis of understanding of the needs and approach that will lead to success, as well as a growing number of supporters. A major grant by the Sandals Foundation to obtain more hardware was received in time to increase the ratio of Chromebooks to students to nearly one-to-one before the start of the 2018 school year.. Pledges by the University of The Bahamas to assist with monitoring and evaluation of the program, and Aliv to install wifi in all participating schools have been an outstanding show of support more recently. The ELTP would not be possible without the commitment that is evident in every level of the Ministry of Education. To date, over $100,000 has been invested in this project though cash and in kind support.