PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Jamaica recently donated $2 million to Holy Trinity Secondary School, to help improve the institution’s Academic Intervention Program (AIP).
The donation was used to purchase seven desktop computers, 30 tablets and 100 literacy software keys.
AIP is a program at Holy Trinity Secondary School that helps students improve their reading skills for over six years. The initiative that began as a targeted exercise for specific students now includes designated personnel.
Gail Moore, Partner and Head of Environment at PwC Jamaica said investments in non-traditional institutions such as Holy Trinity Secondary School are essential to equitable nation building.
Moore added, “When you think about it, education provides a foundation for development, the foundation upon which much of our economic and social well-being rests. Therefore, we must take an active role in ensuring that all of our children have access to and can obtain a value-added education.
The specialized attention offered by the program had a considerable impact on the development of the selected students.
“We have students who got into reading at grade three level in 2016 and within a year we were able to move them up to reading at grade five level,” said Principal of Holy Trinity School Father Carl F Clarke.
Clarke added that the inability to read caused many students to fall behind in their studies, but with the help of the program, they were able to help these students pass two or three subjects.
He expressed his deep appreciation for the partnership with PwC Jamaica.
“It is so wonderful that Jamaican society, through PricewaterhouseCoopers, has continued to partner with us. The donations that PricewaterhouseCoopers have provided to our institution, I believe, will only help us continue to grow our what we’re trying to do here at Holy Trinity High School,” Father Clarke said.
He added that this donation will help provide students with the individual attention they need while increasing the number of students they can help.
Moore said the donation, which stems from the combined generosity of PwC Jamaica’s partners, staff and business, is the start of a much larger vision.
Moore added that the long-term plan is to improve the current computer room at Holy Trinity and find other ways to improve the program.