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  • Residents of Green Pond in St. James are benefitting from a fully equipped Internet Café and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, which was established by the Government at a cost of $4.7 million.
  • The air conditioned facility, which is housed in a refurbished section of the Farm Primary and Junior High School, boasts 24 desktop computers, two printers, a retractable screen, wireless internet connectivity, a projector and server, as well as desks and chairs.
  • Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who officially handed over the centre on Wednesday (February 25), said the project is in keeping with Government’s efforts to provide more Jamaicans with access to information technology for development.

Residents of Green Pond in St. James are benefitting from a fully equipped Internet Café and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, which was established by the Government at a cost of $4.7 million.

The air conditioned facility, which is housed in a refurbished section of the Farm Primary and Junior High School, boasts 24 desktop computers, two printers, a retractable screen, wireless internet connectivity, a projector and server, as well as desks and chairs.

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who officially handed over the centre on Wednesday (February 25), said the project is in keeping with Government’s efforts to provide more Jamaicans with access to information technology for development.

He noted that Community Access Points (CAPs) have been established in schools, libraries, post offices, and police stations where persons can access Internet service.

“It is through this that we are going to create better human beings. Better students are emerging because now they will have access to the world of information… it means that the opportunities (for training and development, and economic advancement) are going to be there for our people,” Minister Paulwell stated.

The facility, funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF), involved partnership with the Green Pond Community Development Committee (CDC), the Social Development Commission (SDC), and the Ministry of Education.

President of the Green Pond CDC, Judith Wallace, said the computer centre will serve as a resource, training and home work facility for students and members of the wider community.

Free Wifi service will be available to residents outside of school hours.

Ms. Wallace expressed gratitude for the input from all the partners, particularly the administration of Farm Primary and Junior High, for willingly accommodating the facility.

 

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