ANOTHER institution has benefited from the GTECH After-School Advantage Programme. The Jamaica Christian Boys' Home received new computers and infrastructural upgrade with the handing over ceremony on Friday October, 12.
It is the third centre to be opened by GTECH in 10 months. Twenty-eight boys ages eight to 18 at the Jamaica Christian Boys' Home will benefit from the donation. Most of those living in the home have either suffered some form of abuse or are orphans. "It was such a relief when GTECH found us," noted Horace Moody manager of the home.
"The majority of the computers were non-functional. These new computers will definitely help our boys with their research and their homework, as even those at the primary level are required to do research for their classes."
On average, GTECH After-School Advantage Programme invests US$15,000 (J$1.35 million) to open and maintain each of the centres established.
"With this programme we want to ensure that both students and teachers are constantly provided for, and so we are fully committed to providing additional resources for the upkeep and maintenance of these labs," noted Ann-Dawn Young Sang, GTECH corporation's regional general manager for the Caribbean. "We engage in regular site visits to provide software upgrades and to replace or repair damaged equipment."
In 2006, GTECH Jamaica launched an Education Assistance Programme, which provided relief to a number of basic, primary and tertiary level educational institutions. These include: Lawrence Tavern and Easington Primary Schools, Sylvia Foote Basic School, the University of Technology, Caribbean Maritime Institute, and Portmore Community College. This programme later became the GTECH After School Advantage Programme. Currently, over 185 GTECH supported After School Advantage centres operate globally.
The GTECH After-School Advantage Programme was launched in Jamaica just in time for Christmas in December 2011 with the opening of a newly refurbished computer lab at Dunrobin Primary. Holy Trinity High School was also a recipient in May of this year.
One of the primary goals of the GTECH After-School Advantage Programme is to ensure that children have an organised, computer-based environment in which computer skills can be learnt and used to complete educational projects. The programme continues to operate with the aim of providing children with the necessary computer skills that are so much a part of the work world in today's society.