The Usain Bolt Foundation on Friday handed over 150 Dell laptop computers to the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information, for distribution to Early Childhood Institutions (ECI) in rural areas, Jamaica Information Services (JIS) reported.
The devices, which are valued at $40,000, were handed over during a ceremony held at the ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston.
In her remarks, Education Minister Fayval Williams commended the foundation for its contribution to the development of early childhood education. She also called on other stakeholders to support the education of the nation’s youths through the provision of devices.
“We continue to make the appeal to corporate Jamaica, to individuals, to our diaspora and international partners to continue to support us, even as the government continues its own procurement activities,” she said.
Chair of the Usain Bolt Foundation, Winsome Wilkins, said the donation is part of the foundation’s ongoing work to enhance the life experiences of children through education and cultural development.
“The current global pandemic has forced many students to do only online classes and it highlights the need for technology in schools. We will keep working to provide much-needed equipment and support the education of the next generation,” she stated.
For her part, executive director of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) Karlene DeGrasse-Deslandes, said high-quality early childhood programs and services are only made possible through partnerships.