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Jamalco donates 100 tablets to 12 Clarendon schools

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston

HAYES, Clarendon:

Twelve schools were last week presented with tablets by bauxite company Jamalco at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon.

The Tablets in Schools project was developed in 2015 when Alcoa sold its stake in Jamalco to Noble Resources. At that time, the Alcoa Foundation provided an exit grant to be used for a community development initiative.

After doing their environmental analysis and researching the government's computer tablets pilot project, Jamalco decided to use the grant to provide primary schools in its operating areas with some tablets.

"We were, and still are, convinced that the tablets, if used correctly and creatively, would assist in enhancing the teaching and learning process," said Ealane Livingston-Smith in her overview of the project.

Last year, in the first phase of the project, 14 schools received tablets at a cost of US$30,000.

Among the 12 schools that received tablets on Friday were Mount Airy, Watsonton, Toll Gate, Porus and Mineral Heights Primary.




Prior to the handover ceremony, teachers representing the schools enjoyed a training session, courtesy of GeoTech Vision team members.

In her keynote address, president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association and principal of Harmons Primary School - one of last year's beneficiaries - Georgia Waugh Richards implored teachers to put the tablets to good use as learning tools.

"Life changes at a very rapid pace and as life changes, education changes and our educational needs also change. If we are to remain current and relevant in this current space that we live in, it means that we also have to change to meet the technology needs of our children and society," she told the gathering of teachers and other stakeholders.

In praising the organisation for the gift of tablets, Waugh Richards said it aided her school in enhancing, boosting and improving the teaching and learning experience.

"Children who would not normally want to learn to read, they are now motivated to read because the material is now based on the tablet and they are fascinated with the manipulation of these gadgets," she shared with teachers and stakeholders.

Waugh Richards also implored teachers not to allow the lack of Internet to prevent them from making full use of the tablets.

She encouraged those who have the service at home to utilise it.

"Download, upload, bring the technology to the classroom. Teacher and school, you must do your part," were the words of encouragement coming from her.