A Camara computer container destined for Jamaica departed Dublin today. The 600 PCs and 49 laptops are loaded with educational software, which will give over 13,000 disadvantaged students access to an improved education and valuable livelihood skills. Camara Jamaica Foundation has made great progress in the past few months, developing partnerships with schools and establishing eLearning centres.

Volunteers pack the container with refurbished computers

Volunteers pack the container with refurbished computers

Retirement Primary and Burnt Ground Basic, located in St. Ann, a rural region in the north of the island, are two of the schools that have benefited.  Camara installed 4 computers between the schools, funded by Digicel Foundation’s Project 1000 which aims to provide a thousand Jamaican schools with access to ICT equipment and achieve 100% literacy levels by 2015.

Digicel first took note of these particular schools following the achievement of strong results in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and the Grade Four Literacy Test, despite the limited resources available. Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation, Samantha Chantrelle, commented: “To think that these students did so incredibly well in spite of the school’s limited resources is truly an inspiration.”  Since the launch of the project in April, over 3,000 students have been able to access Camara computer equipment and educational software through the distribution of 50 computers and 10 laptops. These students have also benefited from a heightened education, courtesy of teachers who have received Camara training.

Camara has distributed 571 refurbished computers and laptops to 191 schools in Jamaica this year. Camara looks forward to further enhancing the education of the bright students at Retirement Primary and Burnt Ground Basic, and seeing great results from similar Jamaican schools in the future.

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