Angostura has donated 55 Lenovo IdeaPad Slim laptops to 18 Secondary schools across the country.
The schools will then distribute the laptops to students in Forms 4 and 5 who do not have access to a device needed for remote learning while schools remain closed due to the pandemic.
Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) of Angostura, Mr. Ian Forbes says, “The students are the future builders of the nation and the donation of laptops comes at a crucial time. Angostura® will do all that it can to ensure that students are not left behind. We understand that this might be a stressful time for many as there are students who don’t have access to devices needed for online learning and they face an even steeper challenge than their peers. The devices being donated by Angostura® are Lenovo laptops that come with 1-year valet warranty from Memory Bank Computers Ltd. This valet warranty covers parts, labour and battery. Students will also receive a laptop bag, donated by Memory Bank Computers Limited.”
The Honourable Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Education, says, “I want to thank Angostura because this is not your first venture in helping the schools. I want to recognize your significant donation to our cleaning and sanitization exercise ahead of CSEC and CAPE. Thank you for being good corporate citizens. The communities of Morvant/Laventille continue to benefit from the generous support of this Company. On behalf of the schools that are recipients, we really want to thank you for being there consistently. This is not a one time; they are consistent in their support and that is what we mean by being a good corporate citizen.”
The schools include:
• Success Laventille Secondary
• Barataria South Secondary
• Malick Secondary
• Barataria North Secondary
• Morvant/Laventille Secondary
• Blanchisseusse Secondary
• South East POS Secondary
• San Juan South Secondary
• Bishop Anstey High School, POS
• SWAHA Hindu College
• Joseph’s Convent, POS
• Vessigny Secondary
• Gasparillo Secondary
• Palo Seco Secondary
• Chaguanas South Secondary
• ASJA Boys’ College, San Fernando
• North Eastern College
• La Romaine Secondary
Principal (Ag.) of Success Laventille Secondary, Stacey Lezama says, “Angostura has been more to us at SLSS than a Company operating out of the Laventille community; they have been a friend, a neighbour, a support and always there.”
Vice-Principal of Bishop Anstey High School, Ms. Winzy Adams says, “Students at Bishop Anstey High School have been adapting to online learning very well. Students who work primarily with cell phones as their only device, as well as those completely without devices, are at a serious disadvantage to accessing their online classes. The donation of the laptops from Angostura® is very much appreciated as it would now allow our students to obtain unlimited access to their classes.”
This donation from Angostura is one of its latest initiatives to assist students.
The Company also donated book vouchers and stationery packages to SEA students from the Morvant/Laventille communities, and to NGOs to distribute to Primary and Secondary school students. Hand sanitizers were also donated to every Government and Government assisted school in June in time for students writing exams in July/August.