A total of 50 students of the Lopinot/Bon Air West constituency were given computer tablets to help them access online schooling on Saturday.
The tablets were donated and distributed by MP Marvin Gonzales at the Bon Air West Community Centre. The children ranged from primary to tertiary level.
They were selected due to their need for assistance as some have had parents who lost their jobs because of the negative financial affects of the coronavirus pandemic and families with multiple children who just could not afford devices for all their children.
Gonzales, who is the Minister of Public Utilities, highlighted the importance of education and hinted at some changes in the constituency which he believed could help.
“I intend to remove the Lopinot historical site from under the Ministry of Agriculture and to put it under the Office of the Prime Minister to ensure that it is immediately restored to its pristine glory so we can all take our children to understand and learn the whole and rich history of Lopinot. We intend as well to convert that former Five Rivers Junior Secondary School to a modern youth training facility for the young people in the depressed areas in this constituency.”
The distribution was the first instalment of an ongoing project, which will see another fifty students receiving tablets within the next coming weeks.