Some 50 basic, primary and all-age schools in 13 parishes recently received computers from the Scotiabank Foundation. Additionally, 50 students will benefit from grants and bursaries as part of ScotiaBank’s anniversary celebrations.
According to Joylene Griffiths-Irving (Director, corporate social responsibility/ executive director of the Scotiabank Foundation), “As Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence, 50 students will benefit from bursaries and grants as part of the bank’s anniversary celebrations. She added that the bank would be presenting J$5m in bursaries and scholarships to students at the tertiary level (first-degree students of local universities). According to her, “A committee is in place to shortlist applicants from close to 200. The announcement of the 50 will be made during the summer.”
Griffiths-Irving said that Scotiabank has partnered with the Camara Foundation to ensure that critical groundwork was done to assess schools which benefitted from the recent donation of 100 computers, but which do not have Internet access or expertise to teach the subject. Having found some schools without Internet access, through the Camara Foundation, those schools will benefit from machines loaded with educational software, many of which will not require Internet access.