Friday, November 11, 2022
The Harbour View Primary School in Kingston will see one of its existing classrooms being renovated into a Smart Room come next year. The room will allow the students to benefit from increased Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills as well as add greater value to the Harbour View community.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to kick off the renovation was signed by us and the Ministry of Education and Youth.
With an investment of US $50,000, we will be retiling, painting and fixing a section of a leaking wall in the classroom.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, our Senior Operations Manager Jodi-Ann McFarlane said the room will also be outfitted with essential technological equipment.
“We will also provide education technology products to enable an effective and interactive learning experience. Among them, 12 laptops and 12 tablets with headset connections, a smart screen and a commercial printer,” she said.
Digicel Plus will also be providing its lightning-fast internet connectivity to the school for two years.
McFarlane added that in addition to boosting digital literacy among students, the Smart Room is aimed at enhancing future employment prospects. She noted, “This Smart Room to be constructed will encourage digital skills in a more engaging, collaborative and effective way. This project is especially important in preparing the students of Harbour View Primary with global competitiveness for a new era of innovation and digital technology.”
“From an early age, we want our youths to be armed with the necessary skills to compete in new and emerging careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM),” McFarlane added.
Acting Regional Director for Region One at the Ministry of Education & Youth, Dasmine Kennedy voiced her gratitude to Digicel Foundation for meeting Harbour Primary’s digital needs.
“On behalf of the region one family, I laud this initiative of the school and embrace the generosity of the Digicel Foundation of contributing to realizing this dream and by extension, the development of human capital as well as the development of the country.”
Kennedy pointed out the importance of exposing students to digital technology, especially in the COVID-19 era.
“Living in the digital age, students ought to be educated to be able to participate in and build the knowledge economy. COVID has taught us how to pivot and do things really differently and how we can approach teaching and learning from a different angle,” noted Kennedy.