De Beers group shows its support for students transitioning to online learning across the territory by donating dozens of computers.
De Beers has donated 117 new laptops to seven schools in seven distinct Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories. In addition to donating ten refurbished computers to the Yellowknife Public Library.
“Education is important and we want to ensure that students have the tools they need for online courses,”says Lyndon Clark, general manager of Gahcho Kue Mine.
Recipients of the new laptops will include the Mezi Community School, Jean Wetrade School, Alex Arrowmaker School, Chief Jimmy Bruneau School, Łutselkʼe Dene School, Deninu School and Chief Sunrise Education Centre.
“Having access to technology will support students’ success and ability to adjust to modified learning environments as necessary,” says R.J. Simpson, minister of education, culture and employment.
The donation comes from a $176,000 community response plan from De Beers’ to assist NWT communities dealing with the pandemic.