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Giving primary education a boost

Students at the Holy Rosary Primary School in Jamaica with school staff and Western Union representatives

HUNDREDS OF primary school students in Jamaica have benefited from a programme that provides computers and other much needed equipment for schools on the Caribbean island.

The education of 500 students at the Holy Rosary Primary School in Kingston, Jamaica has been given a boost through a partnership between the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) and money transfer giant Western Union, which operates in Jamaica through GraceKennedy Money Service.

Twelve other schools are to be outfitted with computers this year under the school computerisation programme, which will see some JMD$9 million dollars (nearly £62,000) worth of computers being distributed to schools island-wide.

Both organisations have also teamed up to boost primary education through reading project, the 2012 I-PLEDGE (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education') programme.

"The power of partnerships cannot be denied," said Joan-Marie Powell, managing director of GraceKennedy Money Services. "The education of our children deserves unselfish and collective effort by all of Jamaica in a position to make a difference.

"We encourage other corporate entities and foundations and service clubs to forge partnerships like this and together we will be able to better the results we have seen from some of our young people in the past. The Ministry of Education cannot do it alone."

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