The FLOW Foundation recently graduated 450 students from its second cohort of the Skills for the Future Programme.
The recent graduation now brings the total to almost 600 Jamaicans who have successfully completed the programme, many of whom are employing the skills they have learned in their daily lives.
Kayon Mitchell, executive director of the FLOW Foundation, commended the graduates for their commitment to improving themselves. The graduates included high school students as well as senior citizens, highlighting the wide relevance of the program being offered.
“Digital inclusion is for everyone,” Mitchell said. “We will not return to life as we knew it before the pandemic. We are living in a digital economy, so it is critical that as many Jamaicans as possible are empowered to not only participate in this space, but to use the digital landscape to enable their progress.”
The partnership between the FLOW Foundation and the Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) came from the need for Jamaicans to develop competencies in navigating the digital space. This need was amplified at the onset of the pandemic, and according to Dr Maurice McNaughton, project lead and director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation at MSBM, a collaborative response was needed to ensure sustainable people development.
“This program reflects our commitment to academic education but also to training and development and capacity building in our society,” noted McNaughton. “We believe this program of digital capacity building is especially relevant and essential to national and regional sustainable development.”
During the virtual graduation ceremony, standout students were recognized for their performance and electronic certificates were issued for each student. Javaughn Douglas was both the top male performer and the top performing student overall. I have completed the course with an average of 99.6 per cent across all modules and end-of-course quizzes. Samantha Earle was the best-performing female student with an average of 97.8 per cent across the modules and end-of-quizzes. Both top-performing students were gifted a Samsung Tablet pre-loaded with 25GB of data.
Most Improved Male and Female students were Jameil Johnson and Beverley Wynter, respectively, while the Top Facilitator award went to Kareen Fredankey with 75 per cent of her group completing the course.
In her keynote address, Stacey Hines, CEO of Epic Transformation and immediate past president of Jamaica Technological and Digital Alliance, encouraged the graduates to adopt the ABCs to succeed in their pursuit of digital literacy competence.