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Bell/Ziadie Memorial Delivers For Schools
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Christmas came early for three basic schools yesterday, as they were presented with computers purchased with proceedings from the annual staging of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial football matches, along with the support of National Commercial Bank (NCB) and Courts.
The three schools that will have new computers to start the next term are Albert Street Basic, located in Franklin Town; B. Joseph Early Childhood, situated at Milk Avenue, Rollington Town; and Hugh Sherlock Basic out of Clarendon.
Andrea Rivers, who teaches at Hugh Sherlock, was very grateful for the gift and believes the school will benefit immensely.
"This will help a whole lot because we are in an inner-city community and the students really need something to uplift them," Rivers said, during a brief handover ceremony at the NCB Foundation Office located at The Atrium, 32 Trafalgar Road. "I believe the computers will go a far way to enhance the teaching and learning process."
A better learning experience
Sonia Hamilton expects the 20 students at the school to enjoy a better learning experience as they were previously without a computer, and encouraged other corporate entities to help with the development of basic schools.
The football matches, which are contested on Heroes Day, have been staged in memory of former national players Dennis Ziadie and Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell for the past 26 years, and is the brainchild of Clive 'Busy' Campbell. The two former players died tragically while attending the Finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico City, and each year proceeds from the football matches are donated to local basic schools in their honour.
"They died in 1986 and the games have been played since," Campbell pointed out. "Children are important to me, so any event I am doing children homes and basic schools always have to benefit."
Private Banking Centre manager at NCB, Sharon Williams, explained why her company has been involved with the initiative for the past three years.
"We know that if we are going to be building Jamaica we need to focus on our children because they are our future," Williams said. "So anything that has to do with learning and development of children will be a focus of the NCB Foundation."
The money raised from the event staged in April was not enough to fund Campbell's pet project of building a basic school in Malvern and purchasing the computers, hence Courts' involvement.
"Courts has supported education over the years, so when we were approached we thought it important to give our support by giving our products," public relations officer for Courts Jamaica, Michelle-Ann Letman, shared.
Campbell is still keen on completing the Malvern Basic School and intends to direct funds from the Bob Marley One Love Charity match - scheduled for February - towards realising this goal.
"We are at about halfway, and God's willing, we will complete that school," Campbell said. "Each game we play until that school is completed, something will go to it."