A resident of Emba village, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated €10,000 worth of laptops and tablets to the local primary school to help the youngsters with distance learning, according to the president of the Emba primary school parents association.
“This man who is from northern Europe but wishes to remain unnamed, contacted the mukhtar of Emba and expressed a wish to donate this equipment to Emba primary school for the children to be able to learn from home,” Christoforos Vrountos told the Cyprus Mail.
This will be particularly useful for children from families facing financial difficulties.
“We have some children that are refugees and others whose families have no money and are not working and would struggle to buy this sort of item. It came as a wonderful surprise,” he said.
Children attending the school are aged 7 to 12 years and students number 250 in total. A good many of them don’t have access to PC’s, laptops or tablets, he said, noting that the current situation, due to the pandemic, makes it almost impossible for many to learn from home.
Vrountos is unsure of the exact number of computers arriving, but it may be around eight laptops and 35 tablets.
“This is a great gift for the school and these computes won’t be used just during the current pandemic, but also in the future as we go forward,” he said.
The new equipment is expected to arrive at the school in Emba on Monday.
“I feel very thankful to this man and happy that even during a difficult situation such as the pandemic, someone steps forward to help, it gives us the power to continue, I am here working for the children for a better life and future and this wonderful donation has made me very happy. We are all very grateful” he said.