The Embassy of the People’s Republic China on Saturday donated more than 150 tablets to underprivileged children.
The embassy brought smiles to the faces of the families of the Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust during a ceremony at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.
The children were encouraged to used the tablets to expand their knowledge, communicate with others, and to learn how they can contribute to technological advancement.
“I sincerely hope that these tablets can better facilitate students’ studying and living. A Chinese saying goes, young people, full of vigor and vitality are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning,” said Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Barbados, Zou Xi.
“Both Chinese and Barbadian Government attach great importance to the development of the education area.”
Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Cynthia Forde, who was also in attendance, encouraged the parents to monitor their children’s digital footprint. The former educator urged the students to use the tablets for their educational and mental development and not for mischievous or disturbing activities.
“Make sure you do not explore those sites that will help to demoralize what moral fabric has been developed in you. I don’t want you go on any sites or download anything when it comes to pornography,” said Forde.
“If parents are not supervising children and guardians are not, or even teachers in the classroom, then our children get involved in all kinds of negatives and it confuses their development.”
President of the charity, Dwayne Grazette said the donation would provide disadvantaged children with a world of opportunity.
“Technology is at the forefront of this digital era, it is the most common tool for much of our communication today and therefore it is crucial that young people have access to online platforms to ensure they can attain all relevant information beneficial to their academic pursuits.”