The Bath Primary School in St. Thomas is now the proud beneficiary of 22 new computers and equipment valued at $5 million, from the Universal Service Fund (USF).
The facility boasts new computers and all the support hardware and software necessary to make it operate as a fully functional laboratory. In addition it to the computers the facility is also outfitted with free WiFi capabilities allowing it to function as a Community Access Point.
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who officially opened the facility on Thursday, November 13, said the lab represents a partnership among the Government, the school, and other stakeholders, including the United States Peace Corps.
“The facility we’re establishing here makes it 194 of its kind in Jamaica. We have 24 computers, we have up-to-date technologies, screen, projector and free Internet service,” he told the large audience at the school.
Health Minister and Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas where the school is located, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson pointed out that the computer lab brings great value to the school and the surrounding communities.
“I am very happy for it (the facility) and I urge you all to care it, treat it good so that it may be for the greater glory of the citizens of the community. I congratulate the USF, the community leaders for their participation in making the project a reality,” he said.
He also challenged everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to improve their education through the use of the available technology.
Chief Executive Officer of the USF, Hugh Cross underscored that the facility is a tool to assist and facilitate the residents of the community. He emphasised that residents of all ages can benefit from its use.
By: O. Rodger Hutchinson