Tech upgrade for four women's centres

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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IGT Jamaica has announced that it will up its support of the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), providing technology upgrades for its centres in Mandeville, St Ann's Bay, Savanna-la-Mar, and Spanish Town.

During a visit to the St Ann's Bay Women's Centre Foundation of Jamaica, Debbie Green, general manager of IGT Jamaica, the online lottery technology provider to Supreme Ventures Limited since 2001, said that all four centres will receive upgrades valued at $300,000, to their computers and equipment this year, a recent release said.

The release said young women gain critical access to technology in furtherance of their education at IGT's After School Advantage (ASA) computer centres, which is installed in the four women's centres across the island.

The ASA programme, according to the release, provides educational institutions with digital resource centres, tailored to fit the recipient's needs.

IGT said it plans to continue offering opportunities for the students to further enhance their education by organising career development seminars and technology tours, such as a recent visit to Northern Caribbean University by the centre's Mandeville's students.

“These activities made a positive impact on the girls by providing them with hands-on experiences and out-of-school learning,” the release said.

Rackeisha Dunn, acting centre manager at the St Ann's Bay Women's Centre, was elated by the ongoing support that IGT Jamaica provides, noting that the ASA centres are a critical part of the WCJF's educational mandate. She noted, too, that teachers, staff and students greatly appreciate the IGT team's encouragement and interaction with the girls.

The disclosure was made during the general manager's visit to the centre, which was for a special motivational session aimed at inspiring the young women to harness their full potential.

In the meantime, IGT also presented awards to the top three performing students in information technology from the women's centre in St Ann's Bay.

Dunn pointed to the success of her students, who attend classes regularly and make the most of their “second chance” to further their education.

“Without IGT's help we would not have a computer lab to facilitate our girls, and we know how important technology is today. They are able to access their CXC classes virtually and complete their SBA's and other assignments,” said Dunn. “Investing in technology at the women's centre is very important because that's where the world is heading.”

At the motivational session of IGT in Jamaica general manager also said that it is crucial for young Jamaican women to become familiar and at ease with computer technology.

“It's not easy to be a young mother, but with the guidance of your teachers and the tools we have provided, plus a dash of inspiration, so much can be achieved,“ she told the students.

The Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation is a government agency. Its mandate is to provide adolescent mothers with continuing education and to return them either to the formal school system, or to another institution of learning.


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