Monday, February 14, 2011 – Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica College, one of the oldest traditional high schools in Jamaica, will today receive two fully-refurbished and upgraded Chemistry and Physics Labs from the Digicel Foundation. Vice-principal at the institution, Rohan Wong noted that the newly-upgraded labs will help to increase the number of students enrolling in the sciences and improve the overall passes in external exams in Chemistry and Physics.
With an investment of J$ 6.8 million dollars, the refurbished laboratories now feature new fixtures and furniture, teachers’ work stations, mimio interactive teaching solutions, Sanya Multimedia Solutions, Laptops and a host of other cutting-edge scientific gadgets.
“With these newly upgraded structures our teachers will be able to place increased practical emphasis in Chemistry and Physics classes to the students without worrying about not having equipment and not being in a comfortable lab. Importantly, our students will also be exposed to the latest equipment and technology in Science,” expressed Wong. The vice-principal also pointed out that the improved aesthetics of the science learning facilities will support a positive psycho-social environment – which will lead to greater interest in the subjects and more hands-on experience for the students.
In the meantime, Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation, Major General Robert Neish, said that they are delighted to be a part of an initiative to help boast the learning environment of students. He informed that one of the main goals of the Digicel Foundation is to foster youth development and empowerment through education. Said Neish, “To date the Digicel Foundation has upgraded and refurbished seven science labs, which are used by some 4200 pupils annually. This is helping to make the sciences more practical and engaging subjects for these students – there is no doubt that this will be the same for the students at Jamaica College.”
Some of the schools to have received upgraded science facilities from the Digicel Foundation are Excelsior High School and Wolmers Boys School.