CONNEX MISSION

CornerstoneConnex is an initiative created to enhance or establish Internet connectivity in schools and communities to advance learning and the education experience for Jamaican school children. In response to COVID-19, our initiative is dedicated to assisting our designated Partner Schools in getting connected to the Internet through trusted providers and technology partners, funding connectivity, and encouraging connectivity in the classroom to improve the learning experience. CornerstoneConnex is the solution to Internet access gaps for Jamaican schools. 

INTERNET MATTERS

Education is both a basic human right and a core element of sustainable development. The Internet has become integrated into our lives to facilitate almost every process. Access to the Internet is fundamental to improving education, as it can improve the quality of education by opening a path to a wealth of information, knowledge and educational resources, increasing opportunities for learning in and beyond the classroom. Teachers use online materials to prepare lessons, and students to extend their range of learning. Interactive teaching methods, supported by the Internet, enable teachers to give more attention to individual students’ needs and support shared learning.
From L-R: Jaqueline Brown (MOEYI Education Officer), Morland Wilson (MP Western Westmoreland), Kimloy Latham-Barker (Principal of Moreland Hill Primary), Elon Parkinson (Marketing Chief at Digicel), and Jessica Davidson (Partner School Coordinator at Cornerstone Jamaica)

Access to the Internet, with sufficient bandwidth, is essential for the development of an information society. Lack of broadband connectivity is preventing widespread use of Internet in education and other areas of life in many developing countries. A legal and regulatory environment that fosters investment and innovation is critical to enabling broadband access. This is not just a matter of connectivity. For access to be meaningful, it must also be affordable for schools and individuals, and teachers and students must acquire digital literacy and other skills required to make best use of it.

Currently, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) has identified 224 Schools across Jamaica with no source of Internet connection. Due to their rural locations, it is difficult to set up quality wifi networks in these areas from existing Internet providers. Cornerstone Jamaica has longstanding partnerships with 11 schools within Westmoreland and Hanover Parishes. Our Principals from these schools have reported that their current service is minimal and not sufficient for classroom use. They are looking for our sustainable solution to improve Internet connectivity.

For More Information about Cornerstone Connex, please contact Krystal Paige Hyman at [email protected]

CONNEX COMMUNITIES

This map highlights both partner schools and community sites, like St. Anthony’s Kitchen in Negril that have or will receive internet connection through CornerstoneConnex under phase 1.