The Ambassador for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Ambassador Mairin Moreno Mérida, presented the Minister for Education, Mrs. Macsuzy Mondon with a set of IT equipment during a short ceremony at the School for the Exceptional Child, on Monday 11 July.
The ceremony was attended by the two principal secretaries for education, senior officers from the Ministry of Education, officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport, head teachers, teachers and students.
The donation of ICT equipment by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is within the frame of the "Sponsor a School in Africa", a programme that was initiated by the late president of Venezuela to support schools in the African region with diverse needs. Ambassador Mairin Moreno Merida said since the initiation of the programme many schools in Africa have benefitted with different types of assistance and have grown and improved to become better and provide more for their students.
The donation comprises fifteen laptops, three printers and three wireless routers that will be placed in the school on La Digue and in two schools on Mahe, namely Beau Vallon secondary and the School for the Exceptional Child. The equipment will benefit the students, teachers and management of the three schools immensely as Mrs Merida Delcy, the Principal Secretary for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education, noted in her speech. Mrs. Delcy also expressed the gratitude of the Ministry of Education to the Ambassador for her generosity and support, as the equipment comes at an opportune time when the Ministry is placing emphasis on ICT in education, which is one of the top priorities in the Education Medium Term Strategy 2013-2017 and beyond.
The ceremony ended with a wonderful interpretation of the song For Every Child by the students and teachers of the School for the Exceptional Child to show their appreciation to the Ministry of Education and to the Ambassador for the generous donation.