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    • Students and staff of Allman Town, and Franklin Town Primary Schools in Central Kingston are the beneficiaries of 20 computers donated by the People’s Republic of China.
    • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites expressed his appreciation for the computers while noting that the teachers will now be better able to prepare lesson plans.
    • “China and Jamaica are very good friends we support each other and enjoy very close cooperation in various fields. Our cooperation in the field of education has also been further deepened,” Ambassador Xiaojun said.

    Students and staff of Allman Town, and Franklin Town Primary Schools in Central Kingston are the beneficiaries of 20 computers donated by the People’s Republic of China.

    The computers were handed over during a ceremony held at the Allman Town Primary School on Thursday (March 6).

    Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites expressed his appreciation for the computers while noting that the teachers will now be better able to prepare lesson plans.

    “A whole new world opens up and for teachers we are not too old to benefit at all because the prospects of better lesson plans and more information to pass unto the children to get better techniques are all possible on the internet,” Rev. Thwaites said.

    He also urged the schools to make best use of the computers during their daily activities.

    “I am asking that you ensure that everybody has access to it and where possible if after hours it can be properly arranged that members of the community have access to the computers as well,” Rev. Thwaites said.

    Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Dong Xiaojun expressed the hope that the computers will help the students acquire new knowledge and assist the two schools to improve their computer capacity and work efficiency.

    “China and Jamaica are very good friends we support each other and enjoy very close cooperation in various fields. Our cooperation in the field of education has also been further deepened,” Ambassador Xiaojun said.

    He added that the donation of the computers was another token of friendship between the nations.

    “I am confident that our cooperation in the education field will flourish and bear more fruit in the future. Children are the future of our country and that is why China and Jamaica attach great importance to education. The Embassy here will continue to cooperate with the Ministry of Education and support its education programmes,” he further stated.

    Meanwhile, Principal of Allman Town Primary School, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith while expressing her appreciation, said the aim is to make the school a technology intensive institution.

    “We needed a computer for the library….it is up and running but it had its deficiencies and we needed to track our books so we needed a computer in the library. We needed a computer in our parents place because we are now embarking on a programme to teach our parents to read. So I promise you that the computers will be put to very good use,” Mrs. Crooks-Smith said. Both schools received ten computers each.