MONTEGO BAY — Thousands of students from primary schools across Jamaica are to benefit from an E-Learning Computer Project when the new academic year commences in September.
Some 500 reconditioned computers will be distributed to primary schools under the initiative, which is being undertaken by the Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise, with funding from Columbus Business Solutions (parent company of FLOW).
The equipment, valued at $10 million, were sourced through Canadian-based ministry Warehouse of Hope with the assistance of Norman Kreger of the Rotary Club of St. Catherines in Ontario.
Addressing the press launch of the project on August 9 at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay, Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, congratulated the Rotary Club and FLOW on the initiative.
He said that the Ministry is infusing technology in education as part of the learning process, giving students and teachers access to the tools and training.
“The E-learning programme has invested significant resources in the training of our teachers as we have trained close to 5,000 teachers in information technology and its use. We have provided fully outfitted laboratories at the secondary level,” he informed.
Mr. Holness stated that efforts are being made to place computers in the primary schools “but we must first start in preparing the teachers”.
He urged the beneficiary institutions to make good use of computers being provided to enhance learning.
“You have to use these computers to create new technology so that you can truly bridge the information gap. We have to provide the framework in which these computers can be used to truly effect the revolutionary change in how we teach, how we learn and how we use these technologies to add value to the society,” Mr. Holness pointed out.
By GLENIS ROSE, JIS Reporter