Technology giants, Huawei, kicked off its annual Seeds for the Future programme with an opening ceremony on Friday October (22).
Twenty-nine Jamaican students have been selected to receive virtual training, ICT courses, collective and Chinese culture courses from the tech giant.
Speaking at this year’s opening ceremony, top student of last year’s programme, Jheanel Brown, welcomed the selected participants.
In addition to sharing her experience, Brown noted that the programme was something that would serve to bolster students’ overall educational experience.
“I would like to wish heartfelt congratulations to the 2021 cohort,” Brown said.
“ I can speak from first-hand experience when I say I had a blast last year. It was one thing to have interacted with both UTECH and UWI student but there’s so many more perks to havingparticipated,” she added.
Principals from participating schools, including Professor Dale Webber, Principal of The University of the West Indies along with Professor Colin Gyles, Acting Principal of The University of Technology Jamaica, also used the occasion to extend their gratitude and thanks to Huawei for allowing their students to participate.
“The Huawei Seeds for the Future study programme has been an excellent avenue for building ICT skills” Professor Webber said.
“We are grateful to Huawei for their ongoing support and look forward with great anticipation to what greatness we can achieve in this country and this region,” he added.
While Professor Collin Gyles stressed the importance of the programme in improving the lives of local youths and urged them to make the best out of this opportunity.
Minister of Education, Fayval Williams, also shared remarks at the ceremony.
“The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is committed to ensuring that none of our students is left behind as we seek to bridge the education divide that exists in our society and prepare our people to be flexible and adaptive to the new world” Williams said.
“It is within this context that we welcome and applaud Huawei Technologies for this project. It is perfectly in line with our efforts to deepen our students’ exposure to ICT and its great possibilities,” she added.
Huawei has trained more than 9,000 students in more than 130 countries worldwide in the ICT sector, reaffirming its mission to provide educational opportunities for young people in the region.