Two schools in Antigua have received a donation of refurbished computers, fans, and protective masks from CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank, under its Adopt a Cause programme.
The Antigua Girls High School (AGHS) has received twenty reconditioned computers and the donation and installation of twenty-four ceiling fans, while the All Saints Secondary School is benefitting from a gift of fifteen computers and two hundred face masks, which were urgently needed.
Director, Sales OECS and Country Head, Antigua, Ladesa James-Williams explained that while supporting education has always been important to the bank, it has become a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Education is the key to our future and it is essential that we support and equip our young people with the resources to study comfortably and excel. Over the past year, we have focused on working along with schools to achieve this goal. We are aware of how stressful it has been for teachers, students and parents with distance learning, preparation for exams and lack of all the necessary resources. We are so happy to be able to assist,” she stated.
Principal of the Antigua Girls High School, Theoline Croft, said that the donation was very timely as additional resources were always required to satisfy the needs of the students.
Principal at the All Saints Secondary School, Elvin Hodge also expressed his appreciation and that of the staff and students for this donation which will assist greatly in alleviating the new challenges to education posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past year the bank has donated over twelve hundred refurbished desktops, laptops and all-in-one computers to scores of schools, churches and other charities across the region. The electronic equipment became available as the bank upgraded its systems and opted to refresh and donate the used computers rather than discard them.