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JM | Jan 24, 2023

Usain Bolt Foundation gets more donation of Epson’s EcoTank printers

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Printers will be distributed to primary schools   

Epson Ambassador Usain Bolt pictured with children from New Providence Primary School in Jamaica, Fayval Williams, Minister of Education and Youth; Olga Robinson Clarke, principal at New Providence Primary School and Darren Virtue, chairman of the school.

Multinational electronics computer company, Epson has donated a further 125 EcoTank cartridge-free printers to The Usain Bolt Foundation in Jamaica.

This brings the total number of printers donated so far to 225. The printers will be distributed to primary schools to help early learning education. The Usain Bolt Foundation aims to create opportunities through education and cultural development in Jamaica.

Valued at over €50,000, the printers were presented at a ceremony held at New Providence Primary School in Kingston recently. The ceremony was attended by Education and Youth Minister Fayval Williams; Epson’s Ambassador Usain Bolt; Principal of New Providence Primary, Olga Robinson Clarke and Winsome Wilkins, chair of The Usain Bolt Foundation.

New Providence is just one of the many schools across Jamaica who will receive an EcoTank. They will be used to print worksheets and other educational materials, which many of the children did not have access to previously.

Greater access to learning tools

In her brief remarks, Williams said that, “during the pandemic, we noticed that not all our students had technology and so having these printers will ensure that more of our students have access to the worksheets they need for their classes”.

Speaking about how the printers will be used at New Providence Primary, Principal Robinson Clarke explained that “technology has made a big difference in how we educate our children. But many of them are unable to purchase books so providing printers is a great way to help them”.

Bolt, who has been Epson’s European ambassador for the last two years, accepted the EcoTank printers on behalf of his foundation. He commented that “my foundation is focused mostly on early childhood education so for me it’s very important to get information to the kids when they need it most, to help them with their learning. We are very grateful for Epson’s support for the second year”.

“Epson is a market leader in education around the world, and a key part of our overall strategy is enriching education through technology and we hope that this donation will help the children of Jamaica have a wonderful education and fulfil their potential.”

Head of PR and Communications at Epson Europe, Mary McNulty

Epson shares Usain Bolt’s ambition to help ensure children everywhere receive the best education possible and has committed to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal calling for inclusive and quality education. Head of PR and Communications at Epson Europe, Mary McNulty presented the printers on behalf of the company.

In her remarks, McNully reiterated that, “Epson is a market leader in education around the world, and a key part of our overall strategy is enriching education through technology and we hope that this donation will help the children of Jamaica have a wonderful education and fulfil their potential. But we can’t do everything by ourselves, and that is why partnerships like this and many others around the world are so important to help ensure we can all continue to grow and flourish”.

Epson, which is registered as Seiko Epson Corporation, is a Japanese multinational electronics company and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer printers and information- and imaging-related equipment.

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