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March 10, 2014
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Digicel Foundation donates to twelve Manchester schools

Evadne Cowell (right), training specialist, Digicel Foundation, and Roy Chambers, principal of Nazareth All-Age, join with students from the school to try out one of the newly handed over computers in the foundation's Project 1000 initiative recently. - Contributed

Twelve Manchester schools will benefit from computers provided through Digicel Foundation's Project 1000 initiative. Each school received five computers recently at the Greenvale Computer Lab in Manchester.

Project 1000 is in keeping with the foundation's aim to meet the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of achieving 100 per cent literacy by 2015. The ICT equipment will be used to provide additional educational resources to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, specifically the teaching of phonics and reading. The computers are all preloaded with educational software and teachers are trained by the Camara Foundation to use these resources in the classroom effectively.

The handover in Manchester was carried out in conjunction with the member of parliament for North West Manchester, Mikael Phillips, who matched the computers provided by the foundation.

The schools included Medina, Comfort Hall, Coley Mountain, Somerset, Huntley, Nazareth and Harry Watch all-age schools; Fairfield, Bethany, Auchtembeddie primary schools, Hatfield Primary and Junior High and Mayfield Basic School.

Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation, emphasised the foundation's commitment to improving literacy rates across the island, saying, "Since the launch of Project 1000 in April, nearly 3,000 students have benefited from this programme. We will continue to partner with communities and schools across the island until the UN target of 100 per cent literacy is achieved."

Christopher Russell, principal of Medina All-Age, was optimistic about the handover. "This is a move in the right direction for the development of our children and our nation. It is wonderful that the Digicel Foundation is giving back to communities in need and helping to raise the standard of education for schools in rural Jamaica."

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