Hundreds of children from low-income families and marginalized communities will now have the opportunity to learn from home during the coronavirus crisis.
This is all thanks to the Sandals Foundation which will be donating 200 tablets to support online learning for at-risk, disabled and vulnerable students.
“We are doing this because at this time with the pandemic with the uncertainty with kids not being able to go to school, we believe it is an important exercise that the foundation is proud to sponsor and represent,” General Manager of Sandals Grande Saint Lucia, Winston Anderson, said.
On Thursday during a handing over ceremony, 31 tablets in addition to other school supplies, 400 masks and hand sanitizers were donated to children at Wilton’s Yard who lost their father to unfortunate circumstances.
Educational supplies donated by the Sandals Foundation.
“This is the start of truly getting into other communities to give the support at this needed time,” Anderson said.
Thursday’s donation was made through the collaboration of the Safe Space Program.
Co-founder of Safe Space, Dr Stephen King said:
“This initiative which is an investment in the education of our children is an investment of their lives and success.
“I know the children are going to make good use of this and I just want to say thank you for having that confidence, that trust and caring about the children in this particular community, Wilton’s Yard. Sandals has invested in children so their dreams could be realized.
“Safe Spaces believes in the power of ordinary people, we have faith in our Saint Lucian people, we have faith in ghetto people, as they say, and we have faith in the marginalised communities.”
Zane ‘Ti Bar’ Pierre, an elder in the Wilton’s Yard community welcomed the initiative, which he believes will unlock access to education for the marginalised children and help them continue learning with their equal access to digital tools.
“I am so grateful for Sandals for getting the kids from the ghetto all those stuff and I am so proud of my cousin’s son that will be getting an iPad, whose father died, so thank you Mr Anderson and Mr King for making things happen for us,” Pierre said.
In addition to these 31 tablets donated on Thursday to Wilton’s Yard, 25 will go to the Child Development and Guidance Centre and through the support of the Ministry of Education, 146 of the devices will be delivered to eight schools to serve grade six students.
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