Savannah Primary School recently received a donation of IT equipment from Bank Austria Cayman Islands Ltd., to assist students with their studies and development of their IT skills.
The donation follows the theft of PCs and similar equipment from Savannah Primary School in February. Whilst the stolen equipment was swiftly replaced following the incident, the new computers are a welcome addition to the school’s current inventory of ICT tools, said a press release from the Ministry of Education.
Savannah Primary Principal Lorna Blackman was thrilled to receive the donation. ‘The PCs were donated at the perfect time because we are excited about two new programs that will begin in September 2006 here at Savannah Primary,’ she said. ‘Both programs utilize computers and so the PCs will be used by teachers and children in classrooms, the library and the Reading Resource Room.’
Education Minister Alden McLaughlin also expressed his delight following the bank’s donation. ‘Developing ICT in schools is one of our core focuses in the reform process. Use of information technology has a beneficial role to play in all of our key strategies, and is an essential component of education for both teachers and students alike,’ he said. ‘I commend the bank for its generosity and I am sure that students and staff will benefit tremendously.’
Mark Whiteside, Vice President, Manager of Banking Operations and IT, for Bank Austria Cayman Islands Ltd., expressed his best wishes for the school during the presentation of the machines, which took place at the Bank’s offices in George Town. ‘The need to combine ICT services with education is something we believe in strongly,’ he said. ‘As such the bank is proud to support any efforts to educate the children and adults in our community using the latest technology. We would also encourage other financial institutions to participate in this effort.’
The donation comprises 10 PCs and 10 15-inch flat screens, which had originally been earmarked for the East End Learning Centre. Whilst renovations are still under way at the centre, the Bank recognized the opportunity for Savannah Primary School to benefit from the computers.
Mr. Whiteside said, ‘We decided to donate the computers to Savannah Primary, whose computers were stolen.’
Bank Austria intends to fulfill its original plans to make a similar donation to the East End Learning Centre upon completion of on-going restoration work.
Mr. Whiteside added, ‘We will also honour our commitment to retool the East End Learning Centre when the building has been completely restored.’