Tue | Jan 19, 2021

Holy Family Primary and Infant School gets new year cheer - Boston College and Royale Computers and Accessories partner to donate 200 tablets to needy students

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Archbishop Kenneth Richards, Archdiocese of Kingston, presents a tablet to a student of Holy Family Primary and Infant School. This initiative was in partnership between Boston College and Royale Computers and Accessories.
Archbishop Kenneth Richards, Archdiocese of Kingston, presents a tablet to a student of Holy Family Primary and Infant School. This initiative was in partnership between Boston College and Royale Computers and Accessories.
Jordian Nakash (right), class of 2024 student at Boston College, presents a tablet to principal of Holy Trinity High School, the Rev Carl F. Clarke, on Thursday, January 7.
Jordian Nakash (right), class of 2024 student at Boston College, presents a tablet to principal of Holy Trinity High School, the Rev Carl F. Clarke, on Thursday, January 7.
Margaret Brissett-Bolt, education consultant, Archdiocese of Kingston, presents a tablet to a student of Holy Family Primary and Infant School on Thursday, January 7.
Margaret Brissett-Bolt, education consultant, Archdiocese of Kingston, presents a tablet to a student of Holy Family Primary and Infant School on Thursday, January 7.
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Students of Holy Family Primary and Infant School were beneficiaries of an initiative by Boston College and its alumni in collaboration with Royale Computers and Accessories. The students were gifted with tablet computers, which would assist them with online classes.

“These students don’t have the resources to access online learning. The Jesuit ideal of cura personalis “care for the whole person” compels us to care for and respect each person as a child of God,” said Fr. Michael Davidson, director of Boston College. “The Jesuit ideal of magis “more” compels us to provide for students so that they can strive for academic excellence. In the spirit of cura personalis and magis, I am grateful and pleased that students from the Holy Family Primary and Infant School can now benefit from having a tablet to use for online instructions.”

Around 200 tablets were handed over on Thursday, January 7, as part of Boston College outreach, was supported by its alumni and friends.

“Thanks to the co-sponsorship and partnership of Boston College and Royale Computers and Accessories, Holy Family Primary and Infant School students will now receive tablets. Special thanks for the financial support of Boston College’s Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center Jamaica Magis Service and Immersion Trip Alumni, who have served the children of Holy Family Primary and Infant School since 2012. I would also like to thank Boston College Campus Ministry, the Nakash and Morgan families, and the family and friends of the Tailor family in Florida for their generous support. We will also donate some tablets to Holy Trinity High School for the students most in need,” Fr Davidson said.

“It is one of our company’s core values to assist in the advancement of education in Jamaica, we would like to help needy students ... and institutions that require critical technology resources,” Royale Computers and Accessories Chief Executive Officer Jack Khemlani said. “Given that students right now have to access their classes online and they need the tools to do so, we are looking into how we can give impetus in providing technology solutions, in partnership with like-minded institutions and individuals.”

CARING WORLD

Fr Davidson said that he is hopeful and it is the deal at Boston College to help create a more just and caring world through the lives of their students and alumni.

“We are living through difficult times with the numerous challenges and health concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Across the world, many students now learn remotely via online classroom instructions. Many students, including those from poor, low-income and marginalised neighbourhoods in Jamaica, cannot participate in online classrooms, because of a lack of technology and Internet.

“By the grace of God, this effort and donation will help lessen the learning gap and allow students to have access to the basic human right of an education,” he said.