MP Ottley and others donate 63 electronic devices to students for online learning | SOUALIGA NEWSDAY

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Member of Parliament (MP) Omar Ottley, in collaboration with Argos, Keianna Liburd, Klass Electronics, Good Food & Mojitos, Brooks Modeling Agency (in the Netherlands), will collectively be donating 63 hand held tablets and lap tops for students in need during the upcoming school term.

The MP stated that it is no secret that St Maarten as a country is faced with what is now known as the new norm, and unfortunately distance learning is part of this norm.

The recent spike in covid 19 cases on St Maarten has forced the Minister of Education to make provision for students to participate in online classes.

MP Ottley went on to state that while online classes may seem like the safest option at this moment, the reality is that many families are unable to provide their children with the necessary devices to participate in online schooling.

MP Ottley noted that he is extremely proud of what the group of donors have accomplished in just one week. The MP personally donated 10 devices and commends everyone involved for their commitment and their contribution of the other 53 devices.

The group has received many emails from families, organizations and schools requesting assistance and while they are unable to satisfy everyone at this time, they are happy to take these positive steps in the right direction.

MP Ottley urges the community to stick together in these trying times and be each other’s keeper. He also noted that this is only the beginning and the group will continue to assist the community to the best of their ability. 

Source: Souliga Newsday