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  • The Jonathan Stewart Library Media Centre, is named in honour of the son of hotelier and business mogul, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
  • The centre has been outfitted with a range of state-of-the-art information technology solutions and applications.
  • Thanking the Stewart family and other donors for their inputs, Rev. Thwaites said “this is what to be involved in education fulsomely must mean.”

Campion College’s academic programme for its 1,450 enrolled students has been significantly strengthened by a newly built library/media centre at the institution’s Old Hope Road campus, in St. Andrew.

The facility, the Jonathan Stewart Library Media Centre, is named in honour of the late Campion College alumnus and son of hotelier and business mogul, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

Construction of the centre, which has been outfitted with a range of state-of-the-art information technology solutions and applications, was undertaken at a cost of US$1.4 million, of which Mr. Stewart’s family donated some US$350,000.

The remaining sum, inclusive of US$200,000 in gifts, was raised through various donations and fund-raising efforts by past students and friends of the school.

The facility, the first of its kind in Jamaica, was formally opened during a brief ceremony on October 24.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, described the endeavour as “the kind of partnership which the Government needs so urgently and consistently with people of goodwill.”

“There would be no education system, were it not for the benefactors, those who had a vision…those who formed the Trusts that set up the great schools of this country,” he said.

Thanking the Stewart family and other donors for their inputs, Rev. Thwaites said “this is what to be involved in education fulsomely must mean.”

“Now, we recognize that education is everybody’s business and that nothing will succeed in this land except every school becomes as good as Campion is. And Campion must not have any complex about being good and elitist. All we need is for everyone to be leveled up, not leveled down,” the Minister said.

Chairman of the Vision 2020 Campaign, under which the Centre’s development was carried out, Andrew Mahfood, said the facility represents “a major milestone in our school’s proud history.”

“In this library, we believe that minds will be enlivened, innovations will germinate, and students will travel places they never dreamt of. This is the place we believe will become the heart of the school, a place that will be exciting, passionate, and full of spirit…characteristic traits of the late Jonathan Stewart,’ Mr. Mahfood said.

Jonathan’s younger brother, Adam Stewart, who spoke on behalf of the family, described the undertaking as an “awesome honour.”

“We are all acutely aware of the challenges we have in education, and we hope that this (centre) does many things to not only assist this school and the students and keep Jonathan’s spirit alive, but at the same time, show other institutions how a mechanism can work if a group of people come together,” Mr. Stewart said.

Chairman of Campion’s Board, Anton Thompson, said the library is a welcomed addition to the Campion landscape, given the fact that the facility preceding it was “woefully inadequate.”

Principal, Grace Baston, said the centre’s provision will, among other things, bridge the “digital divide” between students from privileged homes and those from more humble circumstances.