Thursday 22 August, 2019

Youth turn out in their numbers for Halls of Learning ‘Outreach Day’

Chairman of Musson Foundation, Melanie Subratie looks on as Halls of Foundation founder, Marvin Hall demonstrates the Robotic Mini to an excited group of students.

Chairman of Musson Foundation, Melanie Subratie looks on as Halls of Foundation founder, Marvin Hall demonstrates the Robotic Mini to an excited group of students.

Over 250 children of all ages participated in the annual ‘Lego Yuh Mind Outreach Day’ activities hosted by Musson Foundation in collaboration with tech-based social enterprise Halls of Learning at Lawn View Room at the Liguanea Club last Saturday.

The children participated in robotics and coding activities facilitated by the Halls of Learning volunteers, led by its founder, Marvin Hall. 

The day’s activities were split into two sessions during which the participants interacted with various robotics, coding and tech stations designed to stimulate their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Brand Manager for Musson Trading, Jaquè Daley takes in the excitement of the Mini Drone station along with the Outreach Day participants.

Since its inception, Halls of Learning has been giving back through outreach programmes across communities in Jamaica, positively benefiting thousands of students across socio-economic groups from Outreach Day activities where they have been introduced to a number of skills critical for professional development in an increasingly technological world. 

Hall welcomed yet another successful Outreach Day.

“Thanks to the amazing partnership we have with the Musson Foundation, each year we are able to reach more and more students with the annual Outreach Day. Halls of Learning is dedicated to ensuring that our country is prepared and positioned to be on par with the most advanced societies of the world. What we have seen here today is the excitement that our children have for robotics and coding activities, as it prepares them for the jobs of the future,” he said.

Sheridan Smith, accounts payables clerk at T Geddes Grant enjoys Outreach Day with her daughter, Colin, as she receives a high five from Halls of Learning volunteer, Yutaro Fruta after completing the activity at the LEGO We Do station.)

Musson Trading Brand Manager Jacque’ Daley, hailed Halls of Learning for their contribution to youth development.

“What Halls of Learning and their team have been able to accomplish here is truly remarkable. Robotics and coding have become the linchpin of modern development and it is essential that Jamaica keeps up,” Daley commented.

Chairperson of the Musson Foundation, Melanie Subratie, also lauded the outreach programme.

“It is so important to expose Jamaican children to the same quality of technological education that students in more advanced societies receive. Bridging that gap is the only way that we can, as a society, continue our development trajectory and compete on a global scale. I believe we have made some significant progress here today. Jamaican children are our future and the Musson Foundation is extremely happy to once again facilitate this very worthy initiative,” Subratie said.

Outreach Day is just one aspect of the partnership between Halls of Learning and the Musson Foundation. The two organisations have previously collaborated to host the Hour of Code and Scratch Day coding and programming workshops. 

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