Saturday 17 August, 2019

Digicel makes back-to-school easier for some

Digicel’s CEO Alex Tasker (right) speaking to Phillipe Taitt of New Covenant, during the handover of uniforms to some of the students.

Digicel’s CEO Alex Tasker (right) speaking to Phillipe Taitt of New Covenant, during the handover of uniforms to some of the students.

With the new school term already into the fourth week, a number of students, who had difficulties starting their classes, are getting much-needed assistance thanks to Digicel Barbados.

The total communications and entertainment company teamed up with New Covenant Inheritors Ministries to provide several families with uniforms and school supplies, allowing their children to attend school in comfort.

Alex Tasker, Digicel Barbados CEO said about the initiative, “This presentation comes on the heels of our involvement in the MaaS360 project where 9,000 tablets were donated to schools in conjunction with IBM and the Ministry of Education. We recognize the importance of providing advanced technology for the development of our students and make the commitment to leave no child behind, as it is equally important to ensure that they can attend school to benefit from the technology.”

He continued “We, as a society, often forget that after the back-to-school buzz, there are still many students who are unable to attend school simply because they do not have the basics such as uniforms, shoes, stationery and other supplies. At Digicel, we want to do whatever we can to ensure that our youth have every opportunity to succeed in their studies so that they can go on to make a great and positive impact on society. We were therefore more than happy to work on this important project.”

New Covenant Project Coordinator, Phillipe Taitt, thanked Digicel for the assistance. He said, “I am grateful for the continued support of Digicel, which has gone towards assisting families who are in need. Efforts such as this give hope to the community and plant a seed that will help these families out of their current situations.”

New Covenant Inheritors caters to over 100 children from various families. They provide students from a number of schools throughout the island with breakfast and dinner daily as part of their feeding and assistance programme.

The partnership with Digicel started last year when the company provided over 20 families with household hampers for the Christmas season.

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