Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams has made an impassioned plea for Jamaicans to support the government’s “one-child-one-tablet” drive.
Addressing a presentation ceremony on Monday April 19, 2021 at the Jamaica Linkage Ministries Centre on Kent Avenue in Montego Bay, where the Paradise Dunbar Mango Walk CDC and the United States based Faith Temple Christian Faith church in Rockledge, Orlando, presented 12 tablets to students from the Paradise Basic School. Mayor Williams said the need for every Jamaican student to be in possession of a tablet, a laptop or even a desktop computer is now at its peak.
This he pointed out is as a result of all schools having to revert to on-line learning/teaching which has placed some students at a disadvantage.
“I want to use this occasion to call on members of civil society to join the one-child-one-tablet initiative by making a donation to the project. Your donation will ensure the dream of our students to become future doctors, nurses, soldiers, police officers or teachers, are realized. When you support this programme, you support Jamaica…you support our children and indeed you support education”, Mayor Williams stated.
He further added that efforts must also be made by internet providers to ensure that top quality connections are available to students and teachers to use in order to have the virtual classes running smoothly.
In paying tribute to the Dunbar Community Development Committee, CDC for its partnership with the Faith Temple Christian Faith church in Rockledge, Orlando, in donating the 12 tablets, Mayor Williams said the tablets are exactly what the students needed and could not have come at a better time.
Mayor Williams said “this donation is indeed a shot in the arm for Jamaica’s education system, for the students and indeed for the future of our great country. I want to thank the Paradise Dunbar Mango Walk CDC and the Faith Temple Christian Faith church in Rockledge, Orlando for the vision in ensuring that at least twelve of Jamaica’s students at the Paradise Basic School will be able to attend virtual school. Your donation falls squarely in the government’s plan for Jamaica’s education system. You could have donated these tablets to other needy students, but you thoughtfully selected these students at the Paradise Basic School, who I am sure are very grateful”.