Retired laptops get a new lease of life
delaware Singapore donates laptops to a local youth centre, bringing children and youth one step closer to become makers and innovators of tomorrow
delaware colleagues roll up their sleeves
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, colleagues from delaware Singapore rolled up their sleeves and got down to work to give back to society. Armed with protective gloves, masks and cleaning alcohol, the group took it upon themselves to clean, repair, and install the latest computer software on multiple retired company laptops.
Laptops for student drop-in centre
Disruptions to school due to COVID-19
COVID-19 highlighted the difference between the haves and have-nots
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Singapore government implemented an island-wide circuit breaker measure where schools were temporarily shut down. Typical classroom lessons were shifted online and be conducted from home. While many students cheered to the news of staying home, there were over 4000 individual students in Singapore who did not have computers or tablets at home and was unable to resume lessons like many of their peers.
Laptops will be leased to facilitate home-based learning
Some of the donated laptops will be under a leasing-out scheme, where students can bring them back home for home-based learning. Families with multiple children will benefit from this as they might only have a single computer for the whole family. “I like this initiative a lot” Zhi Wei, partner at delaware Singapore commented, “especially after coming to realise that there are still many less fortunate children in Singapore who lack a working laptop (no need the greatest and fastest), which they badly need as part of the home-based learning during this COVID-19 period.”
"Technology and computer skills have become indispensable to children in this day and age. Having the right tools and access is the first step."
Justina Quek, Programme Manager at The Hut
“The laptops from delaware came at a very handy time” Justina Quek, programme manager at The Hut said, “Technology and computer skills have become indispensable to children in this day and age. Having the right tools and access is the first step. The ultimate goal is to spur these youths to become makers and innovators for tomorrow.”