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  • 10 computers donated to the I Believe Initiative (IBI) Villages/WIFI Centres in three rural communities
  • The brand new Acer computers are expected to benefit the approximately 160 young people
  • The I Believe Initiative (IBI) is a values-based initiative

The I Believe Initiative (IBI) Villages/WIFI Centres in three rural communities have been boosted with the donation of 10 computers from the Chinese Government.

The equipment were handed over to Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen by the Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Zheng Qingdian, during a ceremony at King’s House on August 2.

The brand new Acer computers are expected to benefit the approximately 160 young people who frequently use the IBI villages in the communities of Petersfield, Westemoreland; Spring Village, St. Catherine; and Albert Town, Trelawny.

Under the programme, five computers will be distributed to the Spring Village Development Foundation, three to the Association of Clubs in Petersfield and two to the Albert Town community centre.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Governor-General expressed gratitude to the Chinese Government for the donation, noting that it will go a far way in assisting the youth to increase their access to knowledge and to build their skills.

Meanwhile, Executive Director, Spring Village Development Foundation, Randy Finnikin, who spoke on behalf of the recipients, said he was grateful to the Chinese Government for the well-needed contribution. “This (donation) goes to the core of positioning our people for the emerging (ICT) opportunities existing in Jamaica and across the world,” he added.

“We are also grateful for the IBI standing with us on the ground, as we build stronger and more resilient communities. We are encouraged by your continued support and we want to say thank you to the Governor-General for standing with us throughout the process of transformation, as we build together,” he said.

Special Advisor to the Governor-General, Ambassador Evadne Coye, told JIS News that the IBI/WIFI centres were developed in partnership with LIME Jamaica to help young people discover new opportunities for building themselves through the use of technology.

“We see information and communications technology (ICT) as being a very important aspect of how we can achieve good for the young people. So, not only will they earn more income, but they can make a positive impact on their families, communities and the nation,” she said.

The I Believe Initiative (IBI) is a values-based initiative developed on the concept that “there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed with what is right with Jamaica.”

The initiative was born out of the inaugural speech given by the Governor-General at the swearing-in ceremony on February 26, 2009.

Following two years of broad-based consultations, the IBI was developed and was officially launched in May 2011 at King’s House.