60 tablets worth $1.2 million have been donated to the two primary schools in St Andrew and St James of Jamaica. This donation has been given by the Jamaica Customs Agency. The institutions like Farm Primary and Infant in Green Pond and Edward Seaga Primary have given 30 tablets each on September 8 and September 9.
Director of Internal Affairs at the Jamaica Customs Agency and Chairperson of the Agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee, Tameka Goulbourne, said that the employees had given their personal donations to purchase the tablets that were donated. The devices were bought as per the specifications highlighted by the Ministry of Education.
Tameka Goulbourne said that the CSR committee has been focusing on the areas or communities where the JCA offices have been located while making some efforts.
Goulbourne said, “We have community locations in Montego Bay, and our head office and other Customs locations are not very far from Edward Seaga Primary, so we engage the schools that are within our reach, within our own communities, to see how best we can assist them. We wanted to have a greater impact on our stakeholders beyond our current mandate, especially with everything that has been going on. We are experiencing unprecedented times, so we made the decision to establish a programme with this in mind”.
She also noted that the main motive of the programme is to meet the needs of the vulnerable communities or the groups and also those children and persons who are in need of assistance.
Ms. Goulbourne stated that with the current initiative, they had launched a tablet drive within the agency where they would be inviting members of the organization to donate and give towards a worthy cause, and it was so good. They identified the two primary schools, and they partnered with them because, since the pandemic, there have been quite a number of students who have not really been in school or been consistent in school because they don’t have proper devices to use.