Many children across the country have been unable to access online learning during school closures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Scotiabank has joined the call to corporate T&T to assist and, to date, has provided online learning devices to 300 students from 40 Primary and Secondary schools.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers, parents, schools and communities are doing their best to replace in-person with online learning. There has been a disruption the education of numerous students as without an online device, they have been unable to connect to classes” commented Stephen Bagnarol, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago. “We’re guided by our core purpose – for every future and want to help children continue their learning and education which is a key element in leading fulfilling lives.” he continued.
The Bank has also donated 58 desktop printers to these NGOs and schools been donated to schools to assist with their increased printing requirements for students who do not have access to online schooling.
The donations of online learning devices and printers were successful through partnerships with various NGOs (Rotary Club of St Augustine West, WAND Foundation, MOMS for Literacy, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha TT and the Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago and Cotton Tree Foundation) and direct donations to schools. Students from various schools across the country have received devices, including Avocat Vedic Primary, Barrackpore Vedic Primary, Grant Memorial Primary, Nelson Street Girls Primary, Mucarapo West Secondary, Chaguanas South Secondary, Toco Secondary, Goodwood Secondary (Tobago), Tranquility Government Secondary and
Tunapuna Government Secondary to name a few.