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Targeting youth, making a difference

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 2:18 PM

Targeting youth,

making a difference

The Negril Education Environment Trust (NEET) has been reaping success in addressing Jamaica's need for educational support and resources through a youth-based

e-learning initiative that utilises computer tablets.

The programme, which was launched more than a year ago, has been aiding grades 5 and 6 students at schools such as Sheffield All-Age and Revival All-Age in their educational development as well as self-growth.

The chairman of the 15-year-old non-profit organisation, Winston Wellington, told The Gleaner that the programme selects 25 students from a school and, with the consent of their parents, they are placed in a 12-week course where they are taught for free. Students are taught mathematics and science, among other subjects, using the tablets, which also come equipped with encyclopedia and several other learning applications.

According to Wellington with Negril being a tourist city, the tourism and hospitality element is also present in the programme. Classes are held for two hours each Saturday at the Travellers Beach Resort, operated by Wellington.

- Okoye Henry