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GTECH partners with Women's Centre of Ja Foundation

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
GTECH's Ann-Dawn Young Sang (third left), hands over a ceremonial plaque to Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation's Eleth Mulai (third right), the centre's Spanish Town centre manager. Looking on (from left) are GTECH brand managers, Helen Irving and Anthony Cooke, Oneilia Miller, Dr Zoe Simpson, acting executive director of the centre; administrator at GTECH, Theresa Campbell, Philip Howard, network administrator, and Suzette Palmer (right), GTECH Jamaica After School Advantage Programme chairperson. Occasion was the launch of GTECH's After School Advantage Programme partnership with the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation, at the Foundation's headquarters in Kingston on Wednesday, September 24.

Leading global commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, GTECH, continues its outreach activities in Jamaica, with an announced partnership with the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF).

The WCJF is a national social programme which was established in 1978 to provide continuing education to adolescent mothers. The Foundation currently operates under the Office of the Prime Minister and serves all 14 parishes from seven main centres and nine outreach sites. To date, more than 44,000 teen mothers have been assisted since the commencement of the foundation. GTECH will be providing an education technology boost to the Foundation through its After School Advantage Programme. The company will be outfitting WCJF main centres in Mandeville, Savanna-la-Mar and St Ann's Bay with six computers each, while the centre in Spanish Town will receive seven computers. Each centre will also receive an accompanying printer.

The After School Advantage Programme is GTECH's signature corporate philanthropic initiative, which equips non-profit agencies with computers and specialised educational software in the countries where the company operates. Assistance under the programme is geared at donating computer centres, improving accessibility to technology by youth ages five to 18. Debbie Green, general manager of GTECH Jamaica, said the company was pleased to partner with the WCJF.

"With the help of the Foundation, thousands of mothers under 18 years old have been given a second chance to acquire the necessary education for advancement in society," she said. "These young mothers are granted another opportunity, and with the donation of computers and printers through the After School Advantage Programme, they will be able to learn important computer skills that are necessary to compete in this digital age."