CLOSE the Digital Divide for students in Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica West Indies
$5000 – Connection fee + 12 months service for 25 families
$2000 – Connection fee + 12 months service for 10 families
$1000 – Connection fee + 12 months service for 5 families
$600 – Connection fee + 12 months service for 3 families
$400 – Connection fee + 12 months service for 2 families
$200 – Connection fee + 12 months service for 1 family
$110 – Connection fee + 6 months service for 1 family
$65 – Connection fee + 3 months service for 1 family
$20 – Internet connection fee for 1 family
When schools closed due to COVID-19, many if not all schools in Jamaica were closed. Since October 2020 schools were then directed to provide “Continuity of Learning” using digital devices and communications.
Schools began identifying students in all grade levels who did not have reliable internet access. Those students received packets of school work to complete each week.
This is where the “digital divide” became more apparent than ever. There is a lack of equity for students who cannot access on-line teaching platforms or engage with their teachers virtually. The educational experience of these students suffered greatly due to the “digital divide.”
We are determined that there are at least 300 households in which students’ families are unable to afford or obtain reliable internet service. We are collaborating with local providers on discounted internet services and help to provide tablets to students who need it.