Negril All-Age gets computer lab
THE Rotary Club of Negril in collaboration with its overseas partners recently provided a state-of-the-art computer laboratory to the Negril All-Age School to the tune of US$23,000.
The joint partnership between the Rotary Club of Negril; the Rotary Club of Cary McGregor in North Carolina, USA; the Rotary District 7710 and the Rotary Foundation has made it possible for the purchase and installation of 16 computers and the wiring of several classrooms to facilitate further expansion.
Principal of the Negril All-Age School, Charles Mckenzie, said the new computer laboratory is a welcome and valuable gift to the school.
"We are thankful to the Rotarians here and in North Carolina who have provided this new computer system, which would otherwise be beyond our reach. It adds greatly to the measures we are taking to drive up literacy standards, particularly among those students who have fallen behind," stated an enthused McKenzie.
"The arrival of the system has been a great boost to my teachers, who now have the means of building computer learning programmes into their lesson plans."
President of the Rotary Club of Negril, Richard Warren, said with advancement in technology, every child will need exposure.
"We know the basic need for computer education across the country and across the world. With the advance in technology, basically every child from the earliest possible age will need to get exposure to a computer with Internet," explained Warren.
He added that most of the children in the Negril community attend the Negril All-Age School and therefore the institution was selected because of its impact on the community.
The school presently has a population of 700 students and a teaching staff of 19.