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Jamaica libraries get US$2m grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2013 | 10:11 AM

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has welcomed a US$2 million grant to the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) by American billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.



The announcement of the grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation comes nearly two years after the JLS sought their assistance.



The grant, along with another US$1.1 million by the Jamaican Government, will enable the JLS to improve the quantity and quality of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources in public libraries.



Thwaites says this will facilitate the use of technology to drive major social change in Jamaica.



The library service says the ICT project will boost access to the Internet as well as enable the installation of hardware and software, including approximately 843 state-of-the-art computer systems.



One hundred and twenty seven public libraries and six mobile libraries will benefit under the project.



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