Art and computers in Jamaica
The class are about to start an art lesson.
“Can I watch?”
“Certainly,” says the teacher in Free Hill Primary school, Jamaica.
But there’s a problem. There is only one paintbrush and six small pots of poster paint between more than 20 pupils so the lesson is a laborious process. The teacher tears one sheet of paper for each pupil from a small book and hands this out.
See video for result.
Meanwhile at the other end of the school stands a state- of –the- art computer suite in a container- all donated by the Issa Trust, the charity set up by the hotel chain in which we are staying. Unfortunately I have serious doubts if these ten computers are ever switched on, even though they have had them since 2014.
I was told they are waiting to get internet access.
I can’t help thinking the children would have benefited more if the money had been spent instead on improving the present basic resources and facilities in the school.