Polytechnic Buy a Gadget Campaign Gains Momentum
The “Buy a Gadget Campaign” by the Malawi University – Polytechnic has received a K3 million boost from the FDH Bank.
The campaign is aimed at providing needy students with electronic mobile gadgets to support them for online learning during the COVID-19 plagued days.
FDH Bank Managing Director, Dr. Elias Ngalande, said on Monday in Blantyre when he presented the cheque that the gesture is under the Bank’s “FDH Cares” Corporate Social Responsibility flagship.
“FDH Bank has been supporting and continues to support underprivileged students enrolled in various universities including 10 students at the Polytechnic on scholarship valued at K45 million for 4 years.
“We also support six students at Chancellor College on scholarships valued K27 million for 4 years and ten students at Malawi University of Science and Technology on scholarships valued at K62.5 million for 5 years,” he said.
“Due to COVID-19, we would like to contribute the sum of K3 million to the Buy a Gadget Campaign for the Polytechnic students to enable them access quality education under Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) platforms,” he added.
The Polytechnic Acting Principal, Associate Professor Nancy Chitera, said they received the donation with excitement in the sense that a lot of students lack the gadgets.
“We have close to 300 students who literary do not have the phones. 300 students have the phones but they do not accommodate the google platform that we are using for learning.
“Then, we have another category of about 700 students who have phones but they are too small that even if they accommodate the google program, they cannot download assignments and other learning materials.
“So, we have started with the first category that do not have the phones,” she said.