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Hanover Charities donates computers to Church Hill Primary

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SANTOY, Hanover — Principal of the Church Hill Primary School in Santoy, Hanover, Delano Murdock, says that despite the high level of criminal activities in the area, the school is receiving the full support from the community.

"The crime is so bad, and it paints a negative picture, but I still get the support of the parents and community members," said Murdock.

"They are very much involved in the running of the school, and they help us greatly when it comes to extra-curricular activities, and indeed I am grateful."

Murdock was speaking with the Jamaica Observer West last Friday following the official opening ceremony for a $2.2-million computer laboratory at the school.

Hanover Charities had constructed the laboratory and installed 12 computers, while Food For the Poor donated the furniture.

The school currently has 18 computers, but Murdock said another five is needed to adequately meet the demand of the institution.

The school, which was selected upon the recommendation of Member of Parliament for Hanover Western, Ian Hayles, is the third institution in the parish to receive computers from Hanover Charities in recent years. Rusea’s High School and Esher Primary are the other two.

Chair of the Hanover Charities Katrin Casserly said her organisation plans to donate more computers to schools across the parish.

"So as the chair of Hanover Charities, I will personally ensure that we install more computer rooms in primary and high schools in our parish. Education is the only way out of poverty," Casserly stressed, as she encouraged teachers and students to use the equipment to the best of their ability.

Meanwhile, Murdock said the computers were a gift from God.

"This computer lab has been a godsend, because over the years this community has been suffering a lot as it relates to computers. With this new curriculum, we are very much grateful, because the children will now be able to use this facility on their own compound," Murdock explained, pointing out that the curriculum is "heavy laden with computer technology", which must be incorporated in their studies.

The school currently has an enrolment of eight teachers and 197 students, 47 more than when Murdock took up the position as head of the school two years ago.

The principal used the enrolment of students in the Grade One class, as an example of the tremendous growth that has taken place at the school under his watch.

"When I came here, we had 10 children in Grade One. The last school- leaving ceremony we had 37 in Grade One. So, I think we are improving. God is good!" expressed an elated Murdock.