Tuesday 20 October, 2020

High Commission of Canada provides tablets to inner-city communities

igh Commissioner Laurie Peters and Miss Paula Smith, Supervisor for the for the Parade Gardens Homeschool cluster watches on as Daviqua Brown, City Kid and participant in the programme  maneuvers the new learning tablet just received from the Canadian High Commission.

igh Commissioner Laurie Peters and Miss Paula Smith, Supervisor for the for the Parade Gardens Homeschool cluster watches on as Daviqua Brown, City Kid and participant in the programme maneuvers the new learning tablet just received from the Canadian High Commission.

The High Commission of Canada, on Thursday, provided another community project an important boost as part of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

At a hand-over event, representatives from the Canadian High Commission, along with local government officials and community leaders presented 24 learning tablets to homeschool clusters in three inner-city communities, Parade Gardens, Tivoli Gardens and Waterhouse.

The tablets will enable students to engage in virtual educational programmes as part of a project implemented by the City Life organisation and funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

City Life organisation has been awarded funding under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives to establish Homeschool Clusters for disadvantaged young girls and boys whose education has been disrupted by COVID-19. 

Over 70 children will benefit from the use of the tablets through the programme which facilitates home-schooling, distance learning and addresses the learning inequalities brought on by COVID-19.

High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Laurie Peters, at a brief handover ceremony in the Parade Gardens community noted this Canada-funded project as being vital to support parents and students being affected by COVID-19.

From L-R: Pastor Carrington Morgan, Executive Director of City Life, Kevin Gilhooly, Program Manager and Political Counselor at the Canadian High Commission, Laurie Peters, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Daviqua Brown, City Kid and participant in the program, Gillian Murray, Human Resource and Marketing Manager of Ttech Ltd, Mrs Sharon Smith-White, Senior Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and Donovan Williams, Member of Parliament for the area.

“The High Commission of Canada is delighted to partner with City Life to support these much-needed Homeschool Clusters. City Life organisation, much like the other recipients of the 2020 edition of the Canada Fund, has focused efforts on the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that communities across the country are struggling to address.  In this case, the learning tablets provided will give a hand-up to students and parents who are trying to keep up their studies as the country adapts to virtual education.”

"I am so pleased for the support of the Canadian High Commission and their partnership with City Life. A project of this nature will only serve to build our communities and help to give our children a bright future,” said Donovan Williams, Member of Parliament for Kingston Central.

While accepting the tablets, Paula Smith, parent-teacher and the homeschool cluster supervisor, expressed gratitude to the Canadian High Commission and City Life for making available these tablets and additional educational resources through the project so that the children can remain involved in their schoolwork. 

The project will also provide, WiFi access as well as learning and teaching material. In his remarks, Carrington Morgan, Executive Director of City Life said that “the goal for the City Kids Homeschool programme is for it to not just be a COVID-19 activity but to become a way of life for all community residents.”

The project began activities in August and is expecting to be completed by December 2020.

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