More donations coming into the Ministry of Education’s campaign to ensure every child has an electronic device for the 2020-2021 school year which begins October 5th. The Bank of the Bahamas is the latest corporate partner to join in the national campaign. BoB's corporate manager Robert Cox presented a three thousand dollar cheque to the Ministry of Education's Permanent Secretary Lorraine Armbrister and Director of Education Marcellus Taylor at BoB's corporate office, Charlotte Street on September 10th. The Bahamian owned bank executive said the donation is earmarked specifically for the purchase of tablets for public pre-school and primary school students. Cox noted that the bank has always focused its community outreach on young people and education. Next for the BoB is a financial literacy campaign for young people.
Director Taylor thanked the Bank of the Bahamas stressing the Ministry of Education's commitment to providing education to all students regardless of their circumstance saying "your donation will support efforts to ensure every single child is on board, and not left behind" .
Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said the Ministry remains about fifteen thousand tablets short of the goal to equip the nation's forty-six thousand public school students.
The Ministry of Education’s campaign to ensure every child has an electronic device for the 2020-2021 school - year received a boost when Leno Bahamas donated sixty thousand dollars on September 10th. The Bahamian financial services company CEO Sean Longley told Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd and top education officials that rather than celebrate Leno’s tenth anniversary with parties, company officials decided to equip children with electronic devices so that they could continue their education, which has been radically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director of Education Marcellus Taylor told the Leno CEO that the donation is the best possible gift, because it celebrates the possibilities of the future for so many individuals. Minister Lloyd added that the sixty thousand dollars will go a long way to assisting thousands of school children without the electronic device now deemed vital for learning. Fifteen year old Queen’s College tenth grader Ajani Moss who was on hand for the donation said electronic devices for students means that they can keep up with their schooling from a safe place within their homes.
Pictured from left to right are;
Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary MOE; Marcellus Taylor, Director of Education; Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, Ajani Moss, Queen’s College and Sean Longley, CEO Leno Bahamas.
All Bahamians are urged to contribute to the Leno Learning Link Foundation’s campaign to equip every socially disadvantaged Public School student with a device. An account has been opened at Commonwealth Bank to receive donations for this very worthy cause.
The Ministry of Education’s Eleuthera school district received four Microsoft Surface Pro electronic devices from the One Eleuthera Foundation on Friday August 21st, 2020 to further assist in the Department of Education’s Virtual Learning Platform. Earlier this year the non profit organization donated 150 tablets and 150 portable WiFi devices to the district which operates sixteen schools from Harbour Island to Bannerman Town: eleven primary schools including the Center for Exceptional Learners; two All Age schools and three central secondary schools.
One Eleuthera Foundation’s CEO Sean Ingraham made the presentation to Michael Culmer, District Superintendent for Eleuthera, noting that the devices strengthen their commitment to collaborate with the two hundred teachers and administrators in the delivery of quality education for the island’s 2,300 students. This follows the One Eleuthera Foundation signing a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education to support the Eleuthera school district.
Re: Sean Ingraham, CEO One Eleuthera Foundation; Michael Culmer, District Superintendent for Eleuthera; Fontella Knowles, District Education Officer; Maise Thompson and Jim Richards of the One Eleuthera Foundation.
Five students completed their secondary education today when they graduated from the Centre for the Deaf in Oakes Field. On hand was the minister of Education Jeff Lloyd and Social Services and Urban Development minister Frankie Campbell. Min. Lloyd told the quintet, all of whom are headed to The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute that, “you can do anything you put your mind to. The world is your oyster and you are capable of going everywhere and anywhere.” Minister Campbell told them that, “the country is relying on you to push the doors wider to allow more persons like you in to also achieve their dreams.”
Jevonny Allen earned the Principal’s award for having the highest grade point average and deemed to have the most outstanding character. There were 29 students enrolled this past school year. Principal is Mrs. Sonja Rolle.