The second stop on the Jamaican leg of the Caribbean Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Road Show was held at the St. James Parish Library, Montego Bay, on Wednesday (June 9).
Students representing primary, secondary and high schools in western Jamaica participated in the activities, under the theme “Harnessing the power of innovation – the engine for ICT enabled Caribbean development”.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Daryl Vaz , in a statement read by Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair, at the opening ceremony, noted that the Government of Jamaica continues to place a premium on valued ICT resources.
National Youth Service (NYS) participants (from left) Colleen Gayle, Shevelle Clarke and Olivia McKenzie, examining information of interest during the second Cross Country ICT Road Show, held at the St. James Parish Library, in Montego Bay, on June 9. The event saw several educational institutions from across western Jamaica participating in activities carried out under the theme: ‘Harnessing the power of innovation – the engine for ICT-enabled Caribbean Development’.
“The leaders of our region have longed recognized the power we possess to tackle the social, economic and developmental challenges of our time. These include concerns with respect to education, health and security, in addition to vulnerabilities we face relative to food security, agriculture, trade, climate change, earthquakes and other natural disasters,” Minister Vaz stated.
“Twenty years ago our CARICOM visionaries saw how these efforts may be accelerated, productivity and efficiency in the public and private sectors enhanced, our strengths promoted and lives forever transformed, if we optimize the use of the technology to seamlessly connect with each other across the Caribbean,” he added.
He observed that, in keeping with the CTU’s Mission, the Road Show aimed to raise awareness of the enabling and empowering tool ICTs represented in the environment, and the special gift they were in the hands of the young, who have the solutions for the country’s future.
“We hope that, through exposure to the applications and possibilities of ICTs, greater interest will be stimulated and passion ignited for research and innovation,” Mr Vaz said.
Implementation Officer at E-Learning-Jamaica Ltd., Sonia Soares (second left), giving students of Harrison Memorial High School, Obrian Vassell (centre) and Albert White information on ICT gadgets, during the second Cross Country ICT Road Show, held at the St. James Parish Library, in Montego Bay, on June 9. The event saw several educational institutions from across western Jamaica participating in activities carried out under the theme: ‘Harnessing the power of innovation – the engine for ICT-enabled Caribbean Development’. Looking on at right is Implementation Supervisor at ELearning Jamaica Ltd., Dorothy Thompson,
The next stop for the Caribbean ICT Road Show will be Mandeville, followed by the St. Mary stop and culminating with the grand finale in Kingston, June 28 and 29.
As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is staging the regional Caribbean Information and Communication Technology (ICT) road show.
The Jamaica leg was launched on May 19 at the Cecil Charlton Hall, Mandeville, Manchester. The aim of the road show is to raise awareness within the public sector, the private sector, civil society and academia of the innovative approaches necessary for the effective use of ICT in government, business and social development.