College donates computers to Zimbabwe charity
24th July 2009 12:28pm - Return to press releases
School pupils in Zimbabwe will benefit from the donation of 18 computers by East Riding College.
The machines, each with a monitor, mouse and keyboard, are on their way to Godlwayo Primary School, which is one of the 26 Primary Schools in the Khami District of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Currently, the school has only 15 computers, which are shared between more than 1,000 children.
The donation has been made via the Zimbabwe Educational Trust (ZET), a UK registered charity set up to help young Zimbabweans to advance their education in Great Britain.
Vuli Mkandla, founder and director of the charity (pictured with advice and guidance officer Lesley Culpan), said: "I would like to thank East Riding College for this generous donation, which will really help disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe.
"In an increasingly technological world, we recognise the importance of children being computer literate for both future progression in the workplace, and for the whole new world of fun it opens up for them to explore."
The computers will be installed at the school as part of a wider ZET project working with primary school dropouts in the Khami District who are unable to stay on in school because they have either been orphaned by HIV/AIDS or they or their parents are suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Besides supplying used computers to the Bulawayo Education Resource Centre for community computer skills training, ZET intends to develop computer suites in all 26 primary schools in the Khami District.
Dennis Young, the College's guidance services manager, who arranged the donation, said: "I'm delighted we have been able to give these computers a good home and it's great that they are going to another educational establishment.
"I'm sure the pupils at Godlwayo Primary School will get a lot of use out of them because they are good computers with plenty of life left in them."
For more information about Zimbabwe Educational Trust, visit www.zimbedtrust.btik.com
Notes to editors:
A photograph of Vuli Mkandla receiving the computers is available. Call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email [email protected]