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A renovated computer room has been opened at Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston as the institution looks to increase digital literacy among the students.
The room, which was officially handed over on Tuesday (November 28), has been outfitted with 15 desktop computers, an air conditioner, a multifunction printer and scanner and 30 chairs.
The project was spearheaded by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Jamaica under its ‘Dom Rep School Adoption Programme’.
In her address, Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams, expressed appreciation to the Embassy, noting that the initiative is a testament to their commitment to the advancement of education and cultural exchange.
“These computers will enable students and teachers to explore new horizons and facilitate enriched educational experiences as well. These computers are not just tools but a symbol of the support and investment the Ministry believes you deserve. Embrace this opportunity, explore the digital landscape with curiosity and let the knowledge gained guide you towards a future filled with endless possibilities,” Mrs. Williams said.
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Jamaica, Her Excellency Angie Martinez, shared that additional computers will be provided for use in the staffroom and the school’s library.
“This gift goes beyond technology. It is a key to unlocking endless possibilities and shaping the future of these wonderful children,” she said.
The Ambassador pointed out that the computer room’s handover marks the culmination of the Dom Rep School Adoption Programme with the institution.
The programme covered the creation of a tailored academic curriculum, which emphasised the promotion of Spanish and fostered an understanding of the Dominican Republic’s culture – its people, customs, history, geography, national symbols, food, music and dance.
For her part, Clan Carthy Primary’s Principal, Winsome Reid, said she was humbled that the Embassy decided to partner with the institution.
“It is indeed a welcome partnership that promises to bring a positive impact on our school community. It’s not just a technological upgrade for our school. I see it as a symbol of our shared commitment to fostering and enhancing teaching and learning, so that our students can become digitally literate,” Mrs. Reid said.
Head Girl, Jameliha Clarke, shared that the renovated computer room will have a “profound impact” on the school’s mission to ensure that all students are literate and numerate.
Meanwhile, Head Boy, Jhoneal Johnson, said the Embassy’s generous contribution is well received, adding “we are happy that you have chosen our school”.