By Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
Kendis Nangle, right, JPSCo's Customer Service Manager for St. Catherine, takes a keen interest in a young student manipulating the computer. The occasion was the handing over of four computers valued at $120,000 by representatives of the light and power company to Guy's Hill Primary School. Sharing in the occasion are Julian Findlay (partly hidden), president of the school's PTA, Janneth Edwards, left, acting principal and a student. - Contributed
GUY'S HILL, St. Catherine :
THE JAMAICA Public Service Company (JPSCo) has donated four computers, valued at $120,000, to the Guy's Hill Primary School, as the Company continues its efforts to aid education.
Speaking at handing over exercise at the school, Customer Service Manager for St. Catherine, Kendis Nangle said, "JPSCo is in the business of changing lives with its energy. Therefore, having received a call from Hezekiah Martin, a concerned citizen, about the plight of the children, I know it was a worthwhile endeavour, so it was a very easy decision to aid in the development of the country through the access to information."
Mr. Nangle said, "JPSCo is committed to assist in educating the nation's youth who are likely to be the Company's future managers, engineers, accountants and linemen." Furthermore, he said, the parents of the children were customers, "and we are proud to be assisting them in laying a solid educational foundation for their children."
The computers will allow them to access relevant information which they may need to produce researched papers. "Additionally, the computers will provide a window into the world, that is a necessity for children if they want to mould their young minds," he added.
Acting Principal of the school, Janneth Edwards, said that the computers would help the students, particularly slow learners, who are fascinated by technology in improving their reading skills and general comprehension. Additionally, the computers will aid students in their research.
According to Community Relations Manager for JPSCo., Maurice Reid, the company hasso far donated 150 computers to various schools across the island. "We at JPSCo have embarked on a path of enhancing fundamental education, by way of assisting in the moulding of the young minds, it is the least we can do. We are confident that this approach will provide the platform for a more informed and technically educated country," he said.
Also in attendance were members of the community, including president of the Guy's Hill Primary School PTA, Julian Findlay, who expressed the hope that the over 600 students would be affected positively.
On July 19 thieves broke into the Guy's Hill Primary School and stole two computers, among other things. The Guy's Hill police, who are investigating the break-in, are yet to make an arrest.