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Women's Centre gets computers

Published:Saturday | September 10, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Patricia Smith (standing), CEO of First Regional Cooperative Credit Union, St Ann’s Bay, interacts with a young woman as she tries out one of two computers donated by the credit union on Wednesday.

The First Regional Cooperative Credit Union, St Ann's Bay, on Wednesday donated two computers to the St Ann's Bay branch of the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation to aid in the education of young women at the centre.

The Women's Centre assists young women who are affected by teenage pregnancy to, among other things, resume their education.

Chief Executive Officer at First Regional Patricia Smith, in presenting the computers, said the facilitation of educational opportunities forms a significant part of the credit union's corporate social responsibility programme.

Centre Manager Velma Monteith was grateful for the donation and expressed appreciation on behalf of the young women. The main purpose of the computers will be to enable the women to access classes via Skype as they prepare for Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate examinations.

Smith urged the women to make use of the opportunities for education, instruction and training so as to obtain the skills and confidence needed to go forward in the world.

Young women spend upwards to a year at the centre as they seek to get their life back on track after pregnancy through a sustained programme. The programme includes continuing education, reintegration into the formal school setting, facilitation to offer support where needed, and the completion of secondary school.