With the Grade Four Literacy test just around the corner, the St George's Girls Primary and Infant school was happy to receive the gift of a tablet from their neighbourly telecoms provider, Digicel.
The company made a visit to the school—located in the heart of downtown Kingston—last week to make the presentation to Mrs. Donna Lawson, who balances her time between roles as the school’s Acting Vice Principal and a Grade Four teacher.
“Our children nowadays really take to technology,” said Lawson. “For them, it creates a very hands-on and practical way for them to prepare for the Literacy test. This is definitely going to be a great help to us because I don’t believe in just being a teacher. We have to be more of a facilitator, by enabling to children to learn how to do research and find the answers to questions themselves. So giving them the opportunity to interact with technology is going to go a far way in helping these children prepare for more than just the test.”
“With technology being the way of the world, literacy has become more than just reading and writing,” said Wenise Davis, Director of Commercial Operations at Digicel who handed over the tablet. “So we are happy that we were able to play a part in helping these grade 4 students get ready for this very important test,” she ended.
In the meantime, Sean Latty, Chief Operating Officer for the telecoms leader underscores the company’s role in helping to develop Jamaica into a knowledge-based economy starting with students at the primary school level, “As a major partner in the government’s tablets in school initiative, we have handed over more than 5,000 tablets to primary schools across the island because we believe that tablets and internet access have become increasingly essential to the modern classroom. In this regard, we look forward to helping even more schools to give their students access to internet in the classrooms.”
The school currently boasts a pass rate of 97% in the Literacy Test, which is scheduled to start on June 30.