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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 00:00

Steady flow of students visited all dayMonday May 17 was World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. Under the theme “Better city, better lives with ICT’s”, information communication technology institutions held events all over the world to celebrate the day. In Africa, the African Information Security Association held a forum on African Children Cyber Safety to highlight how online security of children ensures a better future for young people. The Arab ICT Organizations is organizing an international conference on May 22 for Arab States to discuss the theme of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day 2010. In Latin America, the Spanish Internet Users Association hosted Internet Day in which they highlight a specific topic facing internet users. Here in Belize, Telemedia held an Open Day inside the King’s Room of the Princess Hotel.

The Guest Speaker at the opening ceremony was Hon Melvin Hulse, Minister of Public Utilities, NEMO, Transportation and Communications. He gave a brief history of World Telecommunications Day and spoke about the importance of technology today. The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. 17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society. The General Assembly adopted a resolution in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May. In November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided to celebrate both events on 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Hulse said that ICT’s makes everything far easier. That is why he believes it is an advantage for certain schools to have internet access when some do not. Hulse promised that he will do everything in his power to see that every school gets access to the internet. After the ceremony, students were invited inside the King’s Room to view many displays.

Hundreds of primary and secondary school students took advantage of the information shared at the open day. Each department of Telemedia was represented. Each booth had its own microphone and speaker as the representatives shared information about their department and tested the children after. A right answer earned the student a pencil, exercise book or even a water bottle. The event was well organized as the flow of traffic headed in one direction. Students learned about everything in the industry, from phone lines to fiber wire and top-ups to billing service. At the end of their tour, the students received a cold crystal juice.