The cool hills of Manchester were given a jolt of energy on Tuesday, May 17, when Harry Watch Primary opened the doors of its ICT Lab - the first of ten that the we will renovate. The room is equipped with devices to promote digital literacy and creative, technology-based learning techniques. In addition, the school has been equipped with Digicel’s lightning-fast fibre internet service to ensure that students and teachers can get online to make the most of the lab, as well as continue hybrid learning, The school is located just a few kilometres northwest of Mile Gully and has a population of 155 students. In addition to the enrolled students, Harry Watch Primary provides education to children in surrounding communities where there is no phone and Internet access. "This investment will allow virtual learning to become more available, particularly in this area," said Principal Fitzroy Francis. "Now the students have the space where they can actually come and interact with the latest technology. This is a significant improvement to the teaching and learning at our school.” The total investment in the space was US$55,000. We will be launching a second ICT lab at Anchovy Primary, having completed renovations during the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Two more labs are slated to be renovated in the coming financial year.
Over 80 Digicel employees signed up to volunteer this Labour Day - a show that the Digicel Jamaica team is ready and willing to do their part to ‘Mek Jamaica Cris and Clean’ – this year’s Labour Day slogan. Volunteerism is a major part of our charge to help create a world where no one gets left behind, and it’s especially important as the country gets ready for Jamaica 60. This year our volunteers were split between two projects - the renovation of Nelson Mandela Park in Half Way Tree as partners for the National Labour Day Project and the beautification of the Galilee Early Childhood Development Centre on Rodney Road. A donation was also made to the UWI Marketing Association to beautify Green Park Primary in Clarendon.