The COVID-19 Pandemic and its restrictions have caused a shift in the way we do business in a number of areas. Most services are being offered online and there is a growing demand for tools and technologies that enable access to key services. Students across Jamaica and the world are the most affected by this change. This pandemic has tested the many assumptions about access to the internet and personal computers in Jamaica that facilitate remote learning.
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) donated seven (7) tablets to the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica. The tablets were a gift from Her Excellency Lady Allen and Mrs. Marjorie Grant Fuller. The hope is that the participants of the Women’s Centre, who are students or parents of students, may more seamlessly connect to virtual learning as our society transitions this new paradigm of schooling.
The tablets were received by Mrs. Sheron Williams, Manager of the Women’s Centre. “It’s always an awesome privilege to be in contact with Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen”, said Mrs. Williams during the brief handing over event. “There is never a time I make a request and Lady Allen doesn’t respond. When we help the poor, God will in turn help us in our lives.”
Lady Allen is hopeful that these tablets may reduce some of the anxieties related to remote learning among the recipients and had a special charge to the public. “In this time of unprecedented change, we are mindful that there are people among us who may be slower to adjust because of the many social challenges that they face. I am encouraging ‘I BeIieve’ Ambassadors, Corporate Jamaica, and members of the public to remember those in need and do whatever you can to help them adjust and facilitate their safety” Her Excellency said.
GGPE is steadfast in its commitment to inspire excellence through education. The GGPE continues to work with sponsors and IBI Ambassadors in Jamaica and the diaspora to bring resources to youth and communities most challenged by the changes brought about by COVID-19.
If you would like to make a donation, please contact Mrs. Sharon Williams at 876-810-4539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.