Minister of Education receives donation of school supplies and learning tools from Commonwealth Bank

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November 03, 2013

From left the Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald accepts the annual donation of back-to-school materials and technological tools from Commonwealth Bank officials including Denise Turnquest, Senior Vice President of Credit Risk and Ian Jennings, President (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson).NASSAU, The Bahamas - Learning tools donated by Commonwealth Bank will ensure that all students throughout The Bahamas receive the same level of education and have the same tools said Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology as he accepted laptops, LCD projectors, promethean ActivBoards and 10,000 backpacks filled with essential school supplies from the Bank on Thursday, October 31.
Expressing appreciation on behalf of the Ministry of Education, administrators, teachers and the 55,000 students in the public school system for the gifts and donations throughout the years, Minister Fitzgerald noted that the Ministry of Education has invested over $4 million in technology over past two years. "Of course that's not enough to make sure the technology is within all of the schools within The Commonwealth of The Bahamas," he said. "The additional tools that you have provided have really assisted us in the roll out of our technology."
Minister Fitzgerald encouraged more private citizens to follow the lead of Commonwealth Bank regarding education and educational infrastructure. "Obviously the Government can only do so much based on our resources. We have put a lot into it this year and intend to do the same next year. It is still not enough to meet the needs of all our students throughout the archipelago so whatever assistance we get is appreciated.
"You are the education company within The Bahamas. There is no other institution that has contributed more to education privately as you have and we continue to appreciate that," he said.
He thanked the Bank's board of directors and employees for the "significant" donation and said the Ministry of Education looks forward to the continued and valued public/private partnership.

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News date : 11/03/2013    Category : Bahama Islands Info Stories

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