#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos –April 6, 2018 – The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation has today announced a donation of US$100,000 to aid in the refurbishment of the Oseta Jolly Primary computer lab, which was destroyed along with the entire facility after the passing of the recent hurricanes. Dellerience Hall, Country Manager, Flow Turks & Caicos, said: “We’re indeed grateful for the generous and significant financial contribution of the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation that will allow students and staff of the Oseta Jolly Primary to return to a learning environment that gives them the great start in life they deserve.”
The donation from the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation will be used to provide computers, printers, desks, and chairs to complete a state of the art e-learning environment for the 500+ students and faculty members to further inspire learning and the advancement of education. Minister of Education, Youth, Culture, & Library Service, Hon. Karen Malcolm, said: “On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture & Library Services, I would like to say thank you to C&W for this substantial donation they are providing to the Oseta Jolly Primary. We know that C&W has been a supporter of this school for many years; we know that our students and teachers will appreciate this generous gift.”
The Oseta Jolly Primary School, formally the Blue Hills Primary, is one of the oldest government educational institutions in this community. Its history dates back to the 1940s, and today it continues serves as a pinnacle of our heritage, resilience, and determination as a people. Since the passing of the recent hurricanes, the school remains displaced as they mark repairs ahead of the upcoming school term.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Wesley Clearveaux, said: “Hurricane Irma and Maria did significant damage, impacting 95% of school inventory in the TCI. With the help of our friends, C&W Charitable Foundation and Flow, I am happy to say, we are rebounding and rebuilding, stronger, safer than ever before.” “These resources provided today is a large step into our students educational future. The days of chalk and dust are going behind the scene, and as we move into the new age of technology, these resources will help our students to compete with the region and by extension the international market. We have plans in the pipeline to move to e-learning and e-marking by 2019 and these resources will be a great asset in moving us forward.”
Speaking on behalf of the Oseta Jolly Primary School’s principal, staff and students, Director for the Ministry of Education, Mr. Edgar Howell, added: “Students will now have full access to ICT learning and use the resources that you are now providing the enhance the learning outcome and overtime to become better and productive citizens in TCI. I am sure the teachers and students would be excited upon receiving the resources and they will make extremely good use of it.” The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation was set up by C&W Communications initially as a response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the devastating hurricane season of 2017. The Foundation is increasingly the company’s platform for advancing social development, as it strives to fulfil its mission of connecting communities and transforming lives, by funding education and empowerment programs across the Caribbean and Latin America.