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Jamalco Gives Tablets to Schools

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Teachers Arlene Miller Peart (left) and Mary Gallimore (right), from Milk River Primary School, pay close attention to Geo Tech Vision instructor Camal Lawson as he demonstrates how to use the tablets in the classroom during a training session.
Contributed Photo (From Left), Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, presents a tablet to Richmond Park Primary School students  Justin Lewis and Janese Crawford. Also sharing the moment is principal of Richmond Park Primary - Georgia Waugh-Richards.
Contributed Photo Geo Tech Vision instructor Sheree Cameron (standing), explains how to use the different teaching applications on the tablets that were donated by Jamalco. From left ar:e  Shereda Smiley and Arlene Thompson from Patrick Town Primary and acting principal of Campbell’s Castle Primary. Lola Pinnock.

Jamalco has donated 100 tablet computers to 14 primary schools in Clarendon and Manchester. This, the company said, is in keeping with the ministries of Technology and Education programme to streamline the tablets in schools programme.

Minister of Energy, Science and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley, speaking at the official presentation ceremony, said the donation will affect the lives of the students and the communities as each household will move closer to bridging the technological gap that separates those that have access to technology from those who don't.

Chief Executive Officer of Jamalco Antonio Melo noted that over the years the company has made a habit of boosting the educational capacity of students in some of the most rural parts of Clarendon and Manchester.

"We believe that by equipping our schools with these tablets, we are changing the way students learn and how lessons are taught." He encouraged the teachers to ensure they make full use of the tablets and not to be afraid to use technology to excite the students to learn.

Thirty teachers also benefited from a four-hour training session hosted by a team of five instructors from tablet suppliers Geo Tech Vision. The instructors programmed the tablets for the schools and also demonstrated how the tablets in schools programme helps to advance education and addressed concerns about technology in the classroom.

Over the past six years, Jamalco has contributed more than $50 million to education in both Clarendon and Manchester.