Monday 28 September, 2020

Businessman steps in to support Utech student’s digital education

Khandi Jackson, UTECH student.pursuing Agricultural Studies happily received a donation of a laptop from her Mentor Erol Smith, Executive Chairman, Lasocean Agencies Ltd.  Smith is a participant in the M & M Jamaica Mentorship programme, launched last year. Present at the handing-over was Donald Mullings, MD, M&M Jamaica Limited.

Khandi Jackson, UTECH student.pursuing Agricultural Studies happily received a donation of a laptop from her Mentor Erol Smith, Executive Chairman, Lasocean Agencies Ltd. Smith is a participant in the M & M Jamaica Mentorship programme, launched last year. Present at the handing-over was Donald Mullings, MD, M&M Jamaica Limited.

T​he COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in schools closing all across the world.

Globally, over 1.2 billion children have been impacted. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.

For many students, a full-time return to the classroom may not be safe for some time, as such education technology has become a lifeline for the continuation of learning.

Navigating remotely, hybrid classrooms/learning requires tools to work successfully, tools such as a computer. Given our socio/eco/cultural reality, many of our students, unfortunately, do not own or have access to the basic tools and resources.

Consequently, as we are now in the back-to-school season, this year’s preparations are fraught with added anxiety. Thankfully, tertiary student Khandi Jackson will not have to worry about her lack, having recently received a much- needed laptop.

A member of the M & M Jamaica Mentorship programme, mentor, Erol Smith Executive Chairman Lasocean Agencies Limited, donated a laptop through his company to his mentee  Jackson, a second- year BSc. Architectural Studies student at the University of Technology.

“I always want to support ambitious youngsters who show great promise, and so the moment Khandi voiced her need for a computer that could better manage her online education, I immediately responded”, Smith stated.

As Jackson explained, “I wanted to go into the new school year with a computer that could best accommodate the many necessary applications, workload, and the fast pace to work more effectively and productively. So I am truly grateful for this gift and will ensure that I make my mentor happy to have come to my rescue".

 She was awarded a CHANCE Fund Scholarship by M&M Jamaica Limited. M & M Jamaica Limited, one of Jamaica’s premier Engineering Construction and Project Management companies launched their Mentorship initiatives in October 2019 and Smith was one of the ‘captains of industry’ who readily signed on to participate.

Nine lucky students pursuing degrees at the University of Technology were selected for the M & M Mentorship plan. Having a track record of supporting youth development through education, the nearly 31-year-old company enhanced its contribution to education last year by adding a mentorship component to its ongoing scholarship programme.

 

 

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