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  • State Minister Robinson has reiterated the Government’s commitment to infusing greater levels of ICT into schools and communities.
  • This forms part of efforts to ensure that students have access to technology from the earliest age possible.
  • The Tablets in Schools project, which the State Minister said will “revolutionise learning in Jamaica” will initially be rolled out in select schools in September.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson has reiterated the Government’s commitment to infusing greater levels of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into schools and communities.

This forms part of efforts to ensure that students have access to technology from the earliest age possible. He said this is evident through various initiatives, such as the Tablet in Schools project and the establishment of hundreds of community access point computer resource centres across the island.

Mr. Robinson was speaking at the awards ceremony for the Tablets in Schools mascot design competition at the PCJ auditorium in Kingston on Friday, May 16.

The Tablets in Schools project, which the State Minister said will “revolutionise learning in Jamaica” will initially be rolled out in select schools in September.

The one-year pilot will be administered in 13 primary schools; six all age and junior high schools; 11 high schools; six infant departments; one teachers’ college; and one special education institution.

“The idea is to ensure that every child in the country has access to technology and the internet, regardless of their status or location,” he said.

Mr. Robinson said the government is creating an enabling environment to ensure that the future generation moves away from being mere consumers of technology, and become producers as well.

Citing the multi-billion dollar animation industry as one of the areas that offer great prospects in the ICT sector, Mr. Robinson urged the students to use their intellectual capacity to tap into that industry.

He noted that their success and the success of other students will boost the country’s economic prospects.

“This is an area where many of you, and we are not shying away from the traditional professions, but the reality of how the world has changed is that there are many opportunities (that) exist online,” he said.

Mr. Robinson congratulated the participants and encouraged them to take their skills and talents to the highest level.

“Do well (in your other subjects) and the work that you have to do at school, commit yourself to excellence but look at this as something that can be a career opportunity for you,” he said.

Animation Consultant/Web Developer, Greg Harrison in presenting the judges report, said the quality of work from the participants was impressive.

He added that the raw talent from the students was superb and urged them to continue harnessing their skills, as the possibilities are endless.

Seventeen-year-old student of Central High School, Jevaughn Graham’s entry emerged victorious from the 57 entrants.

He informed that his design, which incorporates the national colours, was completed over four days.

“When I was looking on the other designs, I was feeling like I didn’t have a chance but I was still confident,” he told JIS News.

Sheena McLean of NorthernCaribbeanUniversity and Anika Makeda Duffus of Immaculate Conception High were placed second and third respectively.

The winners were presented with among other things, tablets, certificates, and trophies.