The Universal Service Fund (USF) has purchased new devices for the Youth Advisory Committee of the Jamaica National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in an effort to decrease the number of at-risk youth in Jamaica.
The devices, which consist of six laptops, six tablets, one projector and one printer, were handed over to the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange; and State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., on Wednesday (December 5), in Kingston.
Minister Grange thanked the USF for donating the items to the Youth Advisory Committee.
“This donation follows representation at all levels to the Universal Service Fund in support of the Youth Advisory Committee Secretariat, which is moving to implement projects towards empowering at-risk youth, including young boys between the ages of five and 18 who struggle academically, and teenage mothers who need to be steered towards the programmes of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation,” she added.
For his part, Senator Charles Jr. said the equipment will be utilised in a positive and constructive way to carry out workshops, research and projects on the road.
“The USF has identified the importance of not only speaking to our youth about their need to be involved, but providing them with the resources that are going to be required for them to be able to carry out activities that are worthwhile, and so we are very grateful to the Universal Service Fund,” he said.
Youth Ambassador, Sujae Boswell, also thanked the USF for their donation on behalf of the UNESCO Jamaica Youth Advisory Committee.
“The devices will further boost the work and delivery of our programmes. The items donated will be used to support the UNESCO Youth Advisory Committee’s Secretariat with the delivery of projects such as the Empowerment of At-Risk [Youth] programme and the development of UNESCO Jamaica Youth Network,” he said.
Marketing Manager, USF, Deleen Powell, said when her organisation got the request, it was a no-brainer for them to donate the equipment.
“The aim of UNESCO, which is to empower young people, aligns perfectly with the mandate of the Universal Service Fund. As an agency of the Ministry of Science and Technology, our objective is to ensure that Jamaica becomes a knowledge-based society, and how we seek to do that is through the provision of ICT equipment and also training of our young persons and other individuals, so we can ensure that all Jamaicans can benefit from the participation in this global digital economy,” Ms. Powell said.