LJ Technical Systems was part of a British Trade Mission sponsored by UKTI with the assistance of the British Embassy in Chile and BESA. The main aim of the Trade Mission was for 5 British companies to present seminars in order to share their experiences in the use of ICT in Education. All the presentations were made in Spanish.
Three seminars took place in different parts of the country. The first seminar took place at the Universidad de Tarapaca in the city of Arica located in the north of the country, close to the border with Perú around 2,200 kms from Santiago, with an attendance of 40 people. The second seminar was in the south of the country at the Universidad de la Frontera located in the City of Temuco (700 kms from Santiago), with the participation of 140 people. The final seminar took place in Club Providencia in the capital city of Santiago with the participation of 360 people. Given the high attendance there were 2 workshops with each company that took place after the main seminar. The final event of the Trade Mission was a reception that took place at the residence of the British Ambassador in Santiago.
The seminar presented by LJ Technical Systems was centred around our English-Spanish Programme “Living with Science – Conviviendo con la Ciencia”. The presentation included how the programme was conceived, the way in which it works and the testimonials, with successful stories, that have been received from British and American schools. The distributor of LJ Technical Systems in Chile, Arquimed S.A., was present in all the seminars and events of the Trade Mission.
One interesting event was witnessed during the visit to Temuco. The programme included a visit to a rural school located in an indigenous Mapuche community in the region of Lautaro which is about 60 kms from Temuco. The whole community congregated to welcome the British group of visitors. The school has a population of 130 students, ranging from six to sixteen years of age, and has six computers and was connected to the Internet about six months ago. One of the chilean colleagues that helped taking photos was Marcos Torres, was a student in the same school around twelve years ago when the school did not even have electricity and the latest technology at that time was ‘pocket calculators’!
Judging by number of people that attended the seminars and the evident interest created by the event the leads that were identified will be followed very closely by Arquimed with the close support of LJ Technical Systems.