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Leeward school opens Library, Computer Lab

Leeward school opens Library, Computer Lab

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The future of the Leeward (Buccament Bay) District Seventh Day Adventist Primary School is a little brighter, thanks to their newly opened Library and Computer Room, officially opened on December 2, 2008.{{more}}

At the ceremony, Principal Larson Jardine spoke of the importance of readiness and preparation. Jardine and his Parent Teacher Association, driven by the Government’s plan to put computer labs in every school, said he has prepared a room so that government can further invest in it when ready. “The best thing we can do is to make ourselves more competitive…. We prepared a way, and the computers did come,” he said.

The computers, which were purchased with the financial help of Dave Mann, do not currently have Internet access, but Jardine hopes that one of the local Internet providers will come to their assistance. Besides the eight computers, the room contains a fairly well-stocked Library.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Senior Education Officer for Curriculum in the Ministry of Education Deborah Bacchus applauded the school for fulfilling its responsibility to educate children and noted that the room is a profitable investment. “An investment in a school Library means an investment in our future,” she stated.

Bacchus also urged the students and teachers to make full use of the facilities and to continue to be involved in active reading, as it would have a great impact on their academic success. “Make learning a lifelong habit,” she urged.

Jardine also mentioned that even though the Library does not yet contain all the necessary books, he hopes that the government would provide help with training teachers to become Librarians.

Plans are also in progress to establish a number of new programmes at the school, including an agricultural science programme, sewing classes and a music programme. The ceremony also featured performances of poems and music by the students of the school. Books and pamphlets were handed over by the Ministry of Education to become part of the Library. (OS)

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