JIS News

Marjorie Evans-Bailey, principal of the Ewarton Primary School in St. Catherine, has expressed gratitude with the recent receipt of 25 computers from American comedian Steve Harvey, noting that the gift would significantly impact curriculum delivery.
In an interview with JIS News, Evans-Bailey pointed out that children had grown tired of the “chalk and talk” process of teaching and learning. “Since the country was caught up in the global technological revolution the computers and the additional technologically advanced software that accompanies them would come in handy,” she said.
The principal further pointed out, that the computers would greatly enhance preparations for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), as students will now be able to carry out more detailed research.
Mrs Evans-Bailey said it was a long held dream of hers to have a fully furnished computer laboratory set-up at the school that could meet the educational requirements of the children, the mandate of the Education, Youth and Culture Ministry and the desires of the surrounding community.
“With the hope of putting up a building to house these computers I’m sure that our community will benefit greatly,” she added.
Ewarton Primary was among a number of schools to benefit from the donation of computers, and money to build computer laboratories, through funds realized from the staging of the Caribbean Classic Golf Tournament held in Montego Bay some two months ago.
Other beneficiary institutions were Majesty Gardens Basic School in Kingston; Redwood Primary in St. Catherine; Porus and Hatfield Primary and Junior High Schools in Manchester; Little London Primary in Westmoreland; Success and Barracks Primary in St. James.
Mr. Harvey, who visited the schools to make the donation, said that he would be adopting the institutions through his Steve and Mary Harvey Foundation.