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A new computer laboratory was opened at the Christiana Moravian Primary School, in Manchester, on March 31.
It has been named in honour of the late past student and Jamalco engineer, Mr. Kirk Rattray.
The laboratory contains some 28 computers, and construction was made possible through the Ministry of Education, donations from the Rattray family, and other persons.
At the dedication ceremony, Principal of the school, Mr. Paul Baker argued that computers have become a necessity in every sphere of life, as they facilitate commerce and education.
“A computer is no longer an item of want; rather, it is an item of need, so we must be computer literate. In this regard, it was visionary that persons thought of constructing a computer lab at the school, to facilitate our students with knowledge of the computer, and how it is used to their advantage,” the Principal said.
Ms. Yvonne Rattray, sister of Kirk, told JIS News that her brother was deeply involved with affairs at the school, as he provided financial support for various activities there.
“He wanted to help build a community centre in the area, and with this in mind, he had given a part of a bonus that he had received from his workplace, and we continued from there. The family is honoured. They could have named it after other people, but they chose him. We will do what we can to help in its maintenance, and to equip it with more computers,” she said.
Meanwhile, Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education, Mr. Alphansus Davis, lauded the contributions of private citizens in the building of the computer lab, noting that it was done as a collaborative effort in the interest of nation building.
“The building of this computer laboratory is bound to improve the learning skills of our students. The aim of the government is to achieve 100 per cent literacy by the year 2015, and I implore you here at Christiana to ensure that the laboratory is used to foster literacy among our students,” he said.
The school has more than 1,200 students on roll, and 40 teachers.

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