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Bank gives 50 laptops

Ioane Burese
Thursday, February 28, 2013

PRIMARY school students will now have access to better technology and enhance their computer knowledge and skills through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program.

A government statement said Lami's Navesi Primary School received 50 laptops from the Bank of South Pacific.

Headteacher Taubale Mocevakaca said the assistance would help the students acquire computer skills at the age of six.

He said in addition to the gift, the school would receive about 150 more laptops later so that each child at the school had an opportunity to use a laptop.

"This assistance is just a start for the many other good things to come for our children as an official launching of the program would be held on the 22nd of next month," Mr Mocevakaca said.

He said the school's selection to pilot the OLPC program was a beneficial one "not only for the students but for the community at large".

"We have made arrangements for internet connection in our new computer lab to enable students to carry out research here."

BSP marketing manager Nirdesh Singh is hopeful their $2million contribution towards the OLPC program will ultimately boost the students' academic performance.

USP made a significant contribution by offering free education to teachers of the beneficiary schools on the use of the laptops.


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