STUDENTS at Holy Trinity High School in Kingston now have access to a new, fully functioning computer lab thanks to lottery technology company GTECH Corporation's After School Advantage Programme.
Students, who will benefit from this new lab, participated in a ceremony where school officials, members of the GTECH Jamaica team and Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites officially opened the new facility.
The occasion signalled a monumental shift in the schools culture.
Sadpha Bennett, principal at the institution, emphasised the gravity of the GTECH donation.
"Most of the students here only have access to computers and Internet when they are at school, so this donation means more of our students will benefit from this life changing exposure."
He went further to state that relationships with corporate companies and the school serve to improve more than just the physical structure, but also the psychology of the students and the staff.
"It is good to develop relationships with corporate partners because we have learnt a lot from GTECH as it relates to how we at Holy Trinity should socialise," he said.
He further underlines a crucial area of concern that GTECH's donation will help to remedy.
"When we are faced with the major challenge to motivate our students, contributions like that of GTECH's serve to enhance the morale of the school environment and by extension inspire the students."
Ann-Dawn Young Sang, country manager for GTECH Jamaica, spoke to the company's commitment in making a difference in the lives of the youths of Jamaica.
"We see the exposure of children to modern information communication technologies not as a privilege but as a right that each child living in this age must have, if he or she is to compete on a level playing field."
Her sentiments were shared by the Minister of Education Thwaites, who while motivating the students of Holy Trinity, stated: "The Internet is the world's library. Use the facility as a resource to make yourselves the very best you can be. Strive to be the very best."
He thanked GTECH for their example of social entrepreneurship, lauding the company for its gesture of generosity and sense of purpose, in making the donation to foster the expansion and the further enablement of the school and the minds of the students.
The new computer lab at Holy Trinity High School marks the expansion of GTECH Jamaica's initiative to use the company's strengths in technology to build links to bring students in Jamaica access to the tools they will need to compete in a global information economy. Since 2006, GTECH Jamaica has supported locally based education initiatives by donating computers and other high tech specialised equipment to schools and colleges throughout the country.
GTECH works with more than 170 After School Advantage Program centres, which successfully operate where GTECH conducts its business, and donates an average of US$ 15,000 in computer equipment, software and volunteer hours to each center. GTECH Jamaica continues to look for partners in their campaign to bring technological literacy and advancement to the country's young people.