ST JAMES, Jamaica— The Flanker Seventh-day Adventist Church in St James has opened a learning centre to assist students in the community with virtual learning.
The centre began operating yesterday and offers free Internet access, as well as the use of digital devices by students from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Mondays to Fridays, under strict COVID-19 guidelines.
This was made possible through the provision of tablets, laptops, Wi-Fi access, printers and other teaching supplies valued at $500,000, by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the Local Partner Development and COVID-19 Response Project.
The items were handed over to the church at a ceremony held at Flanker Primary and Junior High School on February 5.
Pastor of Flanker Adventist church, Alpheus Smith, said the aim of the centre is to help bridge the learning gap, by assisting students who have not been able to log on to classes due to Internet connectivity issues.