Governor Stuart Jack attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony held for the new District Computer Lab and After-School Care Programme in East End on Monday, 30 November, as his last official engagement.
The facility is equipped with more than 14 computers and will be used to not only provide children in the East End community with exposure to necessary computer skills but will also be available for adults to access.
Running of the programme at the after-school learning centre will be done in conjunction with the University College of the Cayman Islands and formal courses and accreditations will be offered.
President of UCCI, Roy Bodden, who was the principal of the East End Primary School in the 70s, said it was an honour to have travelled full circle and added that he was pleased to see communities in Cayman taking on such initiatives.
‘In my interview for the post of president of ICCI, I told them that I wanted to link with community outreach programmes,’ said Mr. Bodden.
He added that such partnerships would only bolster the efforts of civic-minded persons and groups in various districts.
The church has also been instrumental in the programme.
Burns Conolly, one of the contributors to the programme, as well as a former East End resident, explained that his great-grandfather gave the speech to open the Town Hall adjacent to the church in 1939 and read excerpts from that occasion espousing the value and importance of education in the lives of youth.
East End MLA Arden McLean praised everyone who played a role in the after-school facility and programme becoming a reality. He paid special tribute to Community Development Officer Delmira Bodden, who all in attendance agreed was most instrumental in making the occasion and programme possible.
In addition to making his remarks, the governor expressed pride in the people of East End for their rich exhibition of culture during Pirate’s Week Heritage Day celebrations and their adherence to the Caymanian way of life.
Mr. Jack went a step further by giving a personal cheque to the organisers of the programme.
Both the governor and his wife were treated to gifts from students of East End Primary School, who also sang several musical numbers as a token of their appreciation.