Digicel gives tablets to Jamaica schools

Dujan Brown (front left), of Rennock Lodge All-Age, holds a Huawei Tablet he collected on behalf of his school from Digicel Jamaica CEO Andy Thorburn (right), as other students look on.
Dujan Brown (front left), of Rennock Lodge All-Age, holds a Huawei Tablet he collected on behalf of his school from Digicel Jamaica CEO Andy Thorburn (right), as other students look on.

KINGSTON — It was all smiles for students of the Port Royal Primary School yesterday as they took another step into the age of technology.

Telecommunications firm Digicel was at the school to donate 56 Huawei Media Pad tablets to the institution and six other schools in Kingston and Port Royal.

The tablets are pre-loaded with several educational applications to assist with reading, research, and artistic activities, including an e-Reader, a dictionary, and painting programmes.

“This is very important to our nation’s children, not just Port Royal Primary. As you know, we are currently in the technological world, and we are only going deeper into it. These tablets will have a great impact on our students. They will help to enhance the learning process and prepare them for the future,” Nicola Jones, principal of Port Royal Primary School, told The Gleaner.

Hands-on material

“Our students get bored sometimes having to use books and listen to teachers in order to learn. They require more hands-on material. These tablets are equipped with applications that will help reinforce the lessons that are taught in school,” Jones added.

Andy Thorburn, CEO of Digicel Jamaica, said that it was Digicel’s vision to make the Internet available for everyone everywhere in order to support the growth of the knowledge economy in Jamaica.

“Today, Digicel is very excited about how teachers and students in these seven schools will be integrating these user-friendly tablets in their daily learning activities,” he said.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites pointed out the importance of merging technology with education in Jamaica.

“We are bringing technology of the advanced world to people who, up to a few years ago, never had it, and that is how we are going to change the order of things. That is the agenda of the people going forward, and that is what we stand for.

“So many of us undervalue education and put many other things ahead of our investment in education. We need to stop doing that as the corner is dark for those who do not get a good education,” said Thwaites. (Gleaner)

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