ANSA McAL donates 100 tablets to Education Ministry

…devices to be used for hinterland pilot project

ANSA McAL Foundation donated 100 Amazon Fire Tablets to the Education Ministry to support the sector in Guyana.
Recognising the challenges learners across the Caribbean were encountering with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ANSA McAL Foundation embarked on an intervention to assist nations with addressing the challenges associated with learning.

University of Guyana Vice Chancellor, Professor Paloma Mohamed Martin, an ANSA McAL 2014 Laureate, presenting the tablets to Education Minister Priya Manickchand. Also in photo is ANSA McAL Guyana Managing Director Troy Cadogan

Through its One Caribbean One Future One Yard virtual benefit concert, which was held on October 30, 2020, the company was able to raise funds to procure the 100 devices for Guyana. At a handing-over ceremony on Tuesday, Education Minister Priya Manickchand underscored the timeliness and the importance of the donation, and expressed gratitude on behalf of the Ministry.
Guyana, like many other countries, has been grappling with the difficulties that COVID-19 has presented, Manickchand said. She said that with schools being closed initially for the entire school population, devices were, and are still needed to ensure learning continues.
She noted that the majority of the tablets will go towards a pilot programme being embarked upon in the hinterland communities. This entails pre-loaded tablets being given to hinterland students writing the 2021 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.
In brief remarks, ANSA McAL Guyana Managing Director Troy Cadogan said that the company was happy to assist, and noted that the organisation has a good track record of supporting education and community development in Guyana and across the Region. He explained that the company would continue to support such initiatives ensuring that its obligations to its corporate social responsibilities are met.
Other countries that will benefit from this intervention by ANSA McAL are St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Barbados, and Jamaica.