Primary and secondary schools along Jamaica's north coast now have access to digital cable and Internet through a special initiative, a programme called 'Building Leaders Through Technology'. The project is an initiative of Flow. Since starting business on the island almost five years ago, the broadband service provider has been making good on its promise to "power" qualifying public schools with free cable and Internet service.
Recently, some 10 schools in St Ann and St Mary received services. These include Marcus Garvey Technical High, Iona High, Port Maria High, Boscobel Primary and Exchange All-Age School.
According to Michele English, president and COO, "the objective of the programme is to enhance the learning and teaching environment of schools." English explained that Flow felt it was important to ensure that young students and teachers were exposed to the latest technologies.
"We also work with other private-sector groups to expand the scope of the programme to assist with computer donations, mentoring, training and other activities designed to help build critical skills of young people," English stated. English also added that "the response to the initiative so far has been fantastic! Students and teachers alike really look forward to Flow coming into their schools to make a difference."
Principals and teachers of schools have also expressed their gratitude.