In keeping with its commitment to help Jamaica achieve 100 per cent literacy by 2015 through the use of technology, the Digicel Foundation attended the installation of the 100th school approved under its Project 1000 initiative. Virgie O' Connor Basic School in Westmoreland was the recipient of two new computers.
Located in the rural district of Galloway in Bethel Town, Westmoreland, Virgie O' Connor Basic School had only one computer. "The only computer we have now was donated by a past student and is being used for administrative purposes," said Patricia Duhaney, principal.
"The new computers and the programmes from the Digicel Foundation will help our teachers to improve their lesson plans. Students will also be able to become more familiar and accustomed to using computers overall," Duhaney added.
Virgie O' Connor Basic School caters to roughly 96 students. Many of the students who attend the school do not have access to a personal computer.
Full Caption: Back row, from left: Georgia Morgan, Camara Foundation coordinator; Thomas Maguire, and Jon Marc Reid, volunteers; Dane Richardson, programme manager for education at the Digicel Foundation; Patricia Duhaney, principal of the school; Sydney Grant, chairman of the school board; Marie Mills, coordinating sponsor for the school board; and Craig Robertson, head of the Caribbean Service Centre for Camara Education Limited, with children from the school. - Contributed