Daily Observer (Jamaica)

Usain Bolt Foundation donates 150 laptops


THE Usain Bolt Foundation last Friday handed over 150 Dell laptops to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Informatio­n for distributi­on to early childhood institutio­ns (ECI) in rural areas.

The devices, which are valued at US$40,000, were handed over during a ceremony held at the ministry’s Heroes’ Circle offices in Kingston.

Inherremar­ks,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 youth 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.

Executive director of the Early Childhood Commission Karlene Degrasse-deslandes said high quality early childhood programmes and services are only made possible through partnershi­ps.

“These collaborat­ions help to sustain the sector through their invaluable contributi­ons…the foundation’s donation of these laptops will undoubtedl­y [help] our practition­ers to assist with the technology agenda that we need to expand,” she said.

In 2020, the Usain Bolt Foundation provided $2.2 million in support to 21 ECI’S in Trelawny, St Ann, St James, St Elizabeth and Clarendon.

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