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  • A project, which aims to provide Jamaicans with increased access to information and communications technology (ICT) services, has received an allotment of $123 million in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before Parliament.
  • For the new fiscal year, it is anticipated that computers and other technologies will be installed in all 128 libraries islandwide; training programmes for staff and users will be implemented; and marketing campaigns will be conducted.
  • The project is being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is being implemented by the Ministry of Education. It is scheduled to run from November 2013 to November 2016.

A project, which aims to provide Jamaicans with increased access to information and communications technology (ICT) services, has received an allotment of $123 million in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before Parliament.

The Technology to Empower Individuals and Communities for Development Project also aims to provide ICT and other training programmes to promote personal, organisational and national development; and provide new and enhanced programmes and services responsive to the needs of users, non-users and stakeholders.

It also seeks to promote programmes and services to existing and potential users to increase library usage; and create greater awareness of the value of public libraries in communities to build local and national support.

For the new fiscal year, it is anticipated that computers and other technologies will be installed in all 128 libraries islandwide; training programmes for staff and users will be implemented; and marketing campaigns will be conducted.

Physical achievements under the project, as at December 2014, include the completion of a needs assessment survey and baseline study, as well as the training of 45 staff members.

The project is being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is being implemented by the Ministry of Education. It is scheduled to run from November 2013 to November 2016.