Last Monday, the first 94 computers arrived at Haute Vallée School. ‘The computers will be handed to children depending on need, so that all online learning in preparation for GCSEs can be easily accessible at home,’ said headteacher Stuart Hughes.
Every Child Our Future, in collaboration with consultant company Deloitte and the government, has supplied refurbished laptops to pupils at Haute Vallée and Les Quennevais Schools.
‘It is generosity like this that has the power to alter lives and has a huge beneficial influence.’
The scheme is part of the government’s Integrated Technology Solution Programme – a five-year project to improve public services by introducing new ways of working with modern technology.
‘On behalf of the whole Haute Vallée community, I’d want to express my gratitude to Deloitte, the Government of Jersey, and Every Child Our Future for this essential effort.’
Children’s and Education Minister Scott Wickenden said other schemes had helped promote online learning over the last year.
He explained: ‘During the pandemic, the government, Digital Jersey and all four local telecoms companies teamed up to offer free broadband connection to households with schoolchildren and those leaving care.
‘Earlier this year, a total of £380,000 was secured to support school students with additional online learning devices, following a major community and government partnership project.’
He added: ‘I would like to thank Deloitte, Every Child Our Future and the Integrated Technology Solution Programme for collaborating and working together to ensure that we could supply more laptops to those students who need them.’ Craig Barlow, ITS programme director, said: ‘Delivering laptops to students is the start and we sincerely hope it helps with their future education.’
Deloitte and ECOF have also delivered numeracy programmes at Springfield and First Tower Schools. Cris Lakeman, chief executive of ECOF, said: ‘By working in partnership with Deloitte we have been able to facilitate the gift of quality laptops.