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  • Students at the Voluntary Organization for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH), Heroes Park, in Kingston, have received 10 new computers.
  • The computers, valued at $600,000, have been donated by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).
  • The Minister lauded the JTA for their insight in assisting the organisation.

Students at the Voluntary Organization for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH), Heroes Park, in Kingston, are now in a better position to learn more about information technology, as they have received 10 new computers.

The computers, valued at $600,000, have been donated by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).  There are now 14 computers in the laboratory.

Speaking at the official handing over ceremony, on February 21, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said the gift will assist in enabling the centre to become a model for early childhood education.

“From the very earliest stages, we will be orienting these students to where their aptitude lies toward digital proficiency,” he said.

The Minister lauded the JTA for their insight in assisting the organisation, pointing out that early childhood education and stimulation are crucial to the advancement of the country.

President of the JTA, Dr. Mark Nicely, said the donation resulted from discussions with Board member, VOUCH, Dr. Polly Bowes Howell, regarding areas in which the association can assist with the development of the organisation.

In addition to the computers, Dr. Nicely informed that the JTA also painted the computer room, and collaborated with TIP Friendly Society to provide custom built chairs valued at $100,000 to the institution.

He said that exposing children to information technology is very important for the continued advancement and development of the sector.

Expressing gratitude for the donation, Chairman, Board of Governors, Noel Osbourne, noted that the computers will assist the children immensely.

During the function, members of the Diaspora also donated an undisclosed sum to the organisation.

VOUCH, a non-governmental organization (NGO), was created in 1979 with the merger of two children’s organizations – the Child Welfare Association and the Jamaica Children’s Service Society.

It caters to expectant mothers as well as children up to six years old, through a pre-natal clinic, nursery and pre-school, and a basic school. Services are also provided for children with special needs.