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Gleaner donates exams solutions series to Bull Bay students

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan
From left: Terry-Anne Wilson, assistant manager, Business Development and Marketing, The Gleaner Company; Kevin Gordon, head boy, Donald Quarrie High School; Member of Parliament for East St Andrew Damion Crawford; Rudolph Speid, financial controller,The Gleaner Company and Christine Morris, Donald Quarrie student, Kadine Elliot; head of business, education and IT, Donald Quarrie High School; Minister of Science and Technology, Phillip Paulwell, and Ricardo Allen, managing director of One-on-One Educational Services Limited during the launch of 200th Community Access Point created by the Universal Service Fund in Bull Bay, St Andrew last Friday.  

STUDENTS OF Nine Miles, Bull Bay and surrounding communities will have greater access to online educational assistance and Internet access with the recent establishment of a homework and resource library at the Community Information Technology and Youth Centre.

The centre is the 200th Community Access Point created by the Universal Service Fund through partnership with the Hope Foundation, and will see residents and students having easy access to information via the World Wide Web.

Among the assistance offered is the MyLocker eLearning platform, hosted and developed by Ricardo Allen, managing director of One-on-One Educational Services Limited. Allen explained that the company will be offering preparation for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) mathematics, English language, chemistry and physics subjects, as well as the CSEC/CAPE Solutions Series, published in The Gleaner on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.

"Through collaboration with The Gleaner Company, we are offering these courses free of charge, where students can come and sit and go through the lessons in preparation for their exams. The lessons are easy to follow and comprehensive, and offer students the chance to be confident in their exams," Allen said.

The Gleaner will also donate 20 physical copies of the CSEC/CAPE Solution Series to students who make use of the centre on publications days.

The youth centre facilitates 151 seated students, with 52 computers provided through the Universal Service Fund, along with free broadband Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Open six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the centre will provide after-school pro-grammes, a literacy specialist and a literacy and library department with three of every book from kindergarten to high school provided by the Ministry of Education.

Member of Parliament Damion Crawford, while speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening of the centre, also highlighted that a shuttle service would be available for students from Harbour View to 10 Miles, Bull Bay, and attendance would be taken for children enrolled by their parents.

Phillip Paulwell, minister of science, technology, energy and mining, lauded the technological advances of the centre, which is solar powered, and boasts a rainwater catchment system to be used in maintenance of the grounds. The buildings are disabled-ready and accessible, and were designed to be early childhood-friendly, with various shapes in the architecture and walkways easily identifiable by children. The centre is available to the community, as well as to schools which are able to book the use of the computer lab and literacy centre for use.