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First Global Bank advancing education

Published:Friday | October 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Business development officer at First Global Bank's Mandeville branch, Kerrene Grant (right), holds the attention of (from left) Shakalia Allen, Jaydah Dwyer and Tashomie Wright, students at the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School, during a reading session using laptop computers, 10 of which were purchased from $500,000 in prize money given to the school by First Global Bank (FGB). Looking on are FGB's Jason Tomlinson and Marline Lennox-Lyn (centre), a reading teacher at the school.

As a group of students at the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School in Manchester huddled inside the IT lab for their reading session, their expression was one of relaxation and contentment.

It was not the usual rush to secure a computer on a first-come, first-served basis - as is the norm in scores of schools islandwide.

Each child had a laptop at his/her convenience, something made possible by the First Global Bank's (FGB) Master Mind Quiz Competition, which saw the school taking home the first prize of $500,000 which was used to purchase 10 additional laptops.

"This further cements our continued relationship with the school. The students are very enthused. We have been working closely with the community in getting the students inclined to e-learning," said FGB's Kerrene Grant.

"We are very grateful to First Global Bank for this initiative. Students can readily access the Internet. They are excited to come to classes and they are learning. They use the laptops for reading, mathematics, and other activities. Teachers are also very enthused at the students' response," said Blossom Thomas, acting vice-principal.

Thomas is inviting other corporate companies to follow FGB's example, as the children are benefiting tremendously.

Enhance reading ability

Reading teacher Marline Lennox-Lyn said many students were reading below the grade level. She said, with the introduction of the Carib e-Learning project, an initiative out of Australia where students use computers to enhance their reading ability, improvements were realised.

With FGB's $500,000 donation, Lennox-Lyn believes the investment in the laptops was appropriate. "We are really happy that First Global Bank has made this donation. We would like them to continue doing their excellent work by contributing to the nation's children's educational development."