ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY IN THE PROVINCE OF SANTO DOMINGO
Creation of a computer room in a school in Ecuador
The Louis Omer-Decugis Foundation wanted to develop a general interest project linked to the Group’s activities in Ecuador and for the direct benefit of its main local stakeholders: the Terrasol pineapple workers. Following a field and needs study in Santo Domingo in 2020, it became clear that improving the learning conditions of children of agricultural workers was a priority issue that had become increasingly important since the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. This issue is closely linked to the development of technology in schools. For many children in rural areas of Ecuador, computers are not used for the first time until after the age of 14, and for many others, it never happens. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 highlighted the deep inequalities that can exist in Ecuadorian society, where thousands of students were forced to interrupt their studies because they did not have the adequate means to continue them at a distance.
Moreover, this large school (1,500 pupils of all ages, 62 teachers) had the necessary guarantees for the smooth running of the project and, in particular, the capacity to manage a computer room, since it already had two in operation but none for young primary children (ages 3-11).
By financing the creation of a computer room equipped with cutting-edge technology in a primary school, the Louis Omer-Decugis Foundation hopes not only to enable its pupils to develop technological skills useful in the short term for their schooling, but also in the longer term, when they enter the job market. Moreover, educating children from an early age about responsible use of technology prepares them to become responsible digital citizens.
The computer room will be opened in July 2021 and available during the pandemic period for groups of students in remedial learning. It will then be used by primary school classes and their teachers on a regular basis. At the inauguration of the computer room, Fernando Barahona, the school’s director, said: “The donation from the LOD Foundation will greatly benefit the children in our school. Many of them have never had access to a computer, and for the first time, they will be able to touch and interact with this technology. For them, this will be the greatest joy in the world.”
The TAP project was supported by local representatives, who also actively participated in its implementation:
- The school’s parents and teachers cleaned and painted the room provided for the project (an old warehouse) to make it a computer room;
- The Ministry of Education took care of Internet installation in the room;
- The school paid for the installation of cameras to ensure the security of the room.
2. ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRAINING PROGRAMMETo ensure the proper use of the computer room, a training programme entitled “Classroom management when using technology and educational technology in the classroom” was provided for the school’s teaching staff.
Our products from ecuador
1. TERRASOL “CARBON-NEUTRAL” PINEAPPLES FROM ECUADOR
Ecuador is the Group’s preferred region for its Extra Sweet pineapples (since 2006).
Grown at zero latitude, at an altitude of 700 metres on the Pacific side of the Andes, Ecuador’s Extra Sweet pineapples (100% of the Group’s pineapples by boat and 44.2% of volumes by air) grow in exceptional soil. The rich volcanic soil in which they are produced and the country’s stable climate provide an ideal production environment.
These geographical features, combined with the technical excellence and constant attention of the production teams (TERRASOL, created in 1961, is the oldest pineapple producer in Latin America), make it possible to guarantee their tasty and unique flavour throughout the year.
In 2021, Ecuador’s Extra Sweet pineapple became the world’s first carbon-neutral pineapple, from plantations in Ecuador to facilities in France.
2. Banane Selvatica d’équateur
Ecuador is the Group’s preferred region for its bananas (since 1999). This choice is motivated by the many qualities the country has to offer: a high level of political stability, a dollar economy and exceptional geographical conditions, as well as excellent infrastructure and the largest range of agricultural freight capacity in Latin America (direct line Ecuador-Dunkirk).
Ecuadorian Cavendish bananas benefit from unrivalled know-how – Ecuador is the world’s leading banana producer/exporter – and expert logistics, which is essential for the preservation of the fruit during transport.
The bananas also benefit from exceptional terroir (volcanic soil) and exceptional weather conditions (ideal rainfall, constant heat), thus guaranteeing produce of consistent quality all year round.
Produced in Ecuador, Selvatica bananas are certified and organic and are recognised for their quality and their commitment to social responsibility.
In 2021, SIIM participated in the creation of Agroselvatica, an Ecuadorian company that acquired its first banana plantation, “Hacienda Santa Cecilia”, with an area of 67 hectares and an annual production of 4,000 tonnes, located in the golden triangle of banana production in Ecuador.