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  • The five computers were handed over in commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Republic of Chile.
  • His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, said his Government is strongly committed to promoting a comprehensive, inclusive education for children.
  • Acting Principal of the school, Patricia Findley, said she is elated that the institution was selected as the location “for such a prestigious celebration”.

A donation of notebook computers to the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School in St. Andrew by the Embassy of Chile is expected to further enrich the learning experience of students.

The five computers were handed over on Monday, November 11, during a special ceremony held at the school in commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Republic of Chile.

Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, said his Government is strongly committed to promoting a comprehensive, inclusive education for children that can stimulate and challenge every aspect of their lives.

“In this age and day, it means allowing our children to have access to a technological world. We hope these computers can contribute to this important task, as they are tools to encourage different forms of learning,” he said.

He further noted that he was pleased that throughout the 50 years of diplomatic relations, the bond of cooperation between both countries has been reinforced, noting that several local Spanish language teachers have benefited from diploma programmes.

Meanwhile, Acting Principal of the school, Patricia Findley, said she is elated that the institution was selected as the location “for such a prestigious celebration”, and as the recipient of the computers, which will serve to enhance the technological knowledge of students.

“Educating young minds is our business. We truly appreciate this gesture, and assistance in moving our children to greater educational heights,” she said.

For her part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, said that “a better school could not have been chosen for the gifts”, lauding the institution for “trying to achieve national and surpass national targets in all that they do.”