100 Children Receive Laptops for Online Classes

Oprema za 100 učenika

From today, one hundred children from marginalized families will be able to attend their online classes, thanks to the initiative “Donate equipment - help students learn online!” implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT with local partners. Open Society Foundation BiH supported the initiative by donating 100 laptops for students in 9th year of elementary school, and the first three years of high school.

The laptops will be gifted to students in Sarajevo, Tuzla and Zenica. In cooperation with the Parents’ Council of Sarajevo Canton and the Association Novo društvo, 40 laptops will be given to students in Sarajevo, and in cooperation with local partners, 30 laptops will be given to students in Tuzla and Zenica each.

“The donation made by the Open Society Foundation is a major contribution to the initiative we’re implementing across Bosnia and Herzegovina and an example of solidarity and a quick response to student’s needs”, said Aldin Alić, PR of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, adding that teams are already on their way to give the laptops to children.

The Institute established local collection points in 18 local communities in BiH, which collect and forward the equipment they receive to students in their local communities. The complete list of local collection points is available here. It’s important to include as many businesses and private individuals in this initiative, through establishing local collection points or making a direct donation, so we can make sure all children from marginalized families get the equipment they need to successfully finish the school year. Several thousands of students don’t have the necessary equipment for taking part in online classes.

The Foundation’s donation is also important because the students will keep their laptops and use them for school even after the coronavirus pandemic is over. Stay up to date with the initiative on social networks through the hashtag #darujzanastavu.

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