Scotiabank donates tablets to mark 132nd anniversary
The Scotia Jamaica Foundation has donated 132 tablets, valued at $3.9 million, to twelve schools across the island through the ‘Digital Divide 2022’ programme being spearheaded by the United Way of Jamaica. The programme is aimed at providing Internet-enabled devices for students in rural and underserved schools across the island.
The beneficiaries are: Carron Hall High School, Sydney Pagon Agricultural High School, Llandilo School of Special Education, Port Antonio High School, Buff Bay High School, Herbert Morrison Technical High School, Montego Bay High School, Seaforth High School, Ocho Rios High School, York Castle High School, the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica, Jamaica School for the Blind & Visually Impaired and the Anchovy High School.
“The programme will benefit youth that are challenged by physical disabilities, those from rural families dependent on agriculture or tourism for income generation, teenage mothers, and other disadvantaged youth,” said Stephannie Coy, CEO of United Way of Jamaica. She also expressed gratitude to the bank on behalf of the schools and students.
EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH
“The Scotia Jamaica Foundation continues to support and empower our youth through education. We do this because we believe that access to a good education is critical in providing economic stability and resilience for families and their communities,” said Audrey Tugwell Henry, president and CEO of Scotiabank Jamaica, during a brief handover ceremony hosted at the Scotia Centre head office in downtown, Kingston.
Representatives from three of the schools, the Jamaica School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, York Castle, and Seaforth High, were on hand to accept their tablets.
Sean Harvey, guidance counsellor at the School for the Blind, said that “technology allows for our students to get that competitive advantage, despite their disability. These tablets that are equipped with screen-reading technology are extremely vital and will significantly benefit our students. We are very grateful to Scotiabank Jamaica Foundation and the United Way of Jamaica”.