This project strives to help children achieve computer literacy.
The success of children in today’s world is based largely on technology and the ability to use it effectively. Imagine how little possibilities there are for children without computer skills or being able to read or write. However, this is the harsh reality for many Jamaican children living in poverty.
A substantial percentage of 14-year-olds in Jamaica can hardly read or write and, for families who cannot afford electricity, having a computer is not a possibility. Under these conditions, it is hardly shocking that an average of 30% of urban youth have little or no secondary education.
Although these issues are disconcerting, they can be resolved. The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF), whose Learning Centres in Kingston aim to support young Jamaicans with the tools and support that they need, is taking the lead. At these centres, local children can take part in free computer courses in a safe environment to complete their homework, and receive additional tutoring, especially in fundamental literacy and numeracy.
In support of this ambitious project, ICEF funded two new computers worth US$ 500. These computers will reshape the study and research of CEF students and provide them with useful computer experience.
Learn more about this project here.