BLUEFIELDS Villas Foundation (BVF) recently donated 22 new Dell Ultrabook laptops to senior school teachers at Belmont Academy in Westmoreland who primarily instruct Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) students now preparing for their exit exams.
The teachers, who were either without devices or without properly functioning ones, will now have more efficiency to deliver their lessons and administrative tasks as they engage their students daily.
"The Bluefields Villas Foundation team was again happy to reach out to Belmont Academy and fill this very important need for some of the teachers who, we understand, primarily teach upper-school students.
"We hope that these laptop devices will make things more convenient for the teachers and will be equally beneficial to their students at the receiving end of all the executed lesson plans that will be generated on them," said Houston Moncure, managing director of BVF.
Rayon Simpson, principal at Belmont Academy, was grateful for the support from BVF and applauded the entity for its continued support of the cause of educational and youth development at the institution.
"This donation of Dell Ultrabook laptops will help our teachers to produce and store their lesson plans, test scripts, and other academic documents digitally. The devices will also help more of our teachers to effectively administer online classes whenever the need arises," said Simpson.
"The Bluefields Villas Foundation has always responded positively to the needs of this institution. We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with them over the years in which they have contributed to the academic advancement of our students. We hope to have their continued support in the academic and social grooming of our students here at Belmont Academy," added Simpson.
The BVF is the philanthropic arm of luxury resort Bluefields Bay Villas in Westmoreland, owned and operated by the Moncure family.
Last year the organisation provided tablets to 30 students who needed the devices to access online classes when schools islandwide adopted a hybrid approach to lesson delivery. Previously, the foundation acquired and installed several desktop computers in an ICT centre at the school, which has helped to provide information technology lessons for students as well as adults.
The institution's lunch and breakfast programmes are also subsidised by the BVF.