$1 million donated by JTA to One Laptop or Tablet Per Child initiative

The One Laptop or Tablet Per Child initiative by the Ministry of Education of Jamaica has received a donation of $1 million from the Jamaica Teachers Association - JTA.

Jamaica: The One Laptop or Tablet Per Child initiative by the Ministry of Education of Jamaica has received a donation of $1 million from the Jamaica Teachers Association – JTA. 

The Education Ministry has designed this initiative to promote inclusivity in the education sector, with the motive to provide needy students with the necessary tools to function in the online teaching and learning environment.

An advisory from the Ministry of Education has stated that around 40 tablets have been purchased for distribution to students from the donation of JTA. 

As per to the education ministry, the provision of support to all students is critical for them to be seamlessly integrated into their learning environment.

The Education Ministry stated that “In order to promote equity in access to ICT, laptops and tablets are needed for an estimated 100,000 needy students.”

Minister of Education, Youth & Information, Fayval Williams would accept the donated devices at a ceremony on 8 June 2021. 

Earlier, twelve tablets have been donated by Bresheh Limited to Jamaica’s Ministry of Education to promote the ‘One Laptop or Tablet Per Child’ initiative of the Jamaican government.

Along with protective cases, the devices were handed over to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information by Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Bresheh Limited, Randy McLaren.

The government of Jamaica launched the One Laptop or Tablet Per Child initiative on 29 October 2020. This includes assuring equality in access to information and communications technology – ICT based learning. 

The profiles of the targeted recipients are as follows –

  •  600 Special Needs Students, 
  • 94,900 students (not on PATH), 
  • and 4,500 students in State care/homes.

The predicted cost to provide laptops and tablets is around $4.5 billion. The Education Ministry took this step to boost the education sector of Jamaica.