Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith, with Class Four students of St. Joseph Primary School, Josiah Grant and Cristal Fitt. (F.Belgrave/BGIS)

Three St. Joseph primary schools are now better equipped to handle online learning with the presentation of several tablets to their principals on Friday, by Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith.

The learning devices were acquired as part of a project by Youth Commissioner for the parish, Hillary Austin, and the schools benefitting were St. Bernard’s, St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph Primary.

Noting that Mr. Austin was responsible for the successful completion of the project, Mr. Griffith said: “It commenced in December and culminated today with the presentation of these tablets. All of our programming at the Ministry is centred around facilitating the needs and aspirations of young people, and the school setting is no different because this is part of the remit of the youth commissioners to work in tandem with the primary school, with structured organizations at the community level, to ensure that we can assist wherever possible, and ensure that our young people have a smooth, fast path to whatever it is that they are asked to do.”

The Minister, while thanking the Youth Commissioner for his hard work and the principals for their participation, spoke of his Ministry’s commitment to assisting young people and empowering communities.

“And I’m sure that we can only go from strength to strength as it relates to this. I can assure you that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment will continue to expand on all of our community projects to ensure that every single young person that we come into contact with benefit from the resources at the Ministry.”

The principal of St. Joseph Primary, Karen Sealy-Cox, said she was pleased by the donation of the tablets.  “The tablets are timely, in that the children can also use these tablets in their different classes; they don’t have to go to a lab and sit.  You can just use them in the different classrooms at any time,” she noted.

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