NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bamboo Shack and Bethel Brothers Morticians yesterday made donations of 100 tablets and $5,000, respectively, towards providing Bahamian children with access to tablets needed for online learning in the age of COVID-19.
“Two of the best-established businesses in The Bahamas joined the growing list of those making virtual education a reality for more students today, donating tablets through the Leno Learning Link,” read a statement from Leno.
“Elaine Pinder, Bamboo Shack proprietor, announced a donation of 100 tablets along with the use of the popular restaurant’s point of sale system (POS), allowing customers to donate whatever amount they choose when they pay for whatever meal they ordered [and] making the meaning of an order of cracked chicken or conch more rewarding.”
It added, “While staying in the Nassau Street neighborhood, Owen S-M Bethel from Bethel Brothers Morticians made a $5,000 cheque presentation for tablets to be given to students at Albury Sayle Primary School.”
Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd expressed his gratitude for the donations and made the call for all of corporate Bahamas to join in.
“I cannot sleep at night knowing or thinking that 10, 12, 15,000 of our students are being left behind,” Lloyd said.
“There is unimaginable consequences for our society not only today, but years in the future in their personal lives, in this community as well as nationally. We immediately realized that in the Ministry of Education we could not do it alone.
“We simply do not have, as a government, the resources to put a device in the hand of every single child and to make available internet capability.
“Thank you, Jesus, because with an aggressive, passionate, accelerated push, Leno came onboard and instantly donated $60,000 right off the bat and began the invitation to all of the clients and corporate citizens to join in and provide support for our students.”