About a thousand students from the public schools of Vieques and Culebra will receive laptops for their distance classes this week, after a group of students from School District 117 of Lake County, Illinois, got together to send the renewed equipment to the municipal islands and reprogrammed.
The student and educator project Relief Through Leadership It arose from the need, in different jurisdictions, of technological and digital tools for the continuity of educational services. The laptops were transported and distributed to educational centers on both islands by the Puerto Rico Education Foundation (PREF), the executive director of that entity, Enid Marie Reyes, reported in written statements.
“At the foundation, we know the challenges facing the educational system that are not unique to Puerto Rico. As we have done in other emergencies and events, we immediately inserted ourselves in the search for alternatives so that the student population of Vieques and Culebra could continue their classes. Through this program, students from different public schools in that district organized the donation, packed the equipment and we, together with the Department of Education team, took care of taking them. This is a collaboration of the third sector to public education that needs so much support from organizations, academia and the country, ”Reyes stressed.
He explained that according to the enrollment that the educational centers have so far, 869 Dell, HP and Acer laptops will be for the Vieques schools and 129, of the same brands, for the Culebra schools. Students from Antioch Community High School, Lake Community High School and Lake County Technical Campus in Illinois led the effort. This equipment will be the property of the students and they will also receive the computer that the Department of Education (DE) will deliver to each student in the public system.
Precisely, the Secretary of Education, Eligio Hernández Pérez, indicated that this next week he will meet, virtually, with the directors of the schools of those municipalities to explain how distribution logistics should be as it is done in different towns throughout the island where, so far, 64 thousand laptops and tablets have been distributed to 262 public schools to continuously deliver to students.
“Once again, the Puerto Rico Education Foundation supports us in the efforts led by the Department of Education. This team will help the teaching and learning process of the students of the municipality islands continue. Soon these students will also have the computers that we continue to deliver throughout the island, which will reinforce academic services for them. I am very grateful for the contribution and support in these times of emergency ”, said the owner.
Puerto Rico Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that emerged in November 2017, after Hurricane María, to strengthen, innovate and transform Puerto Rican public education, as well as manage a projector to promote initiatives aimed at education, teachers, students and school communities.