NSO Supports Polytechnic’s Buy a Gadget Campaign

Kanyuka (left) symbolically handing over the gadgets to Chitera Kanyuka (left) symbolically handing over the gadgets to Chitera - pic by Happy Njalam'mano

The “Buy a Gadget Campaign” by the Malawi Polytechnic has received a boost of 200 tablets and 200 power banks from the National Statics Office (NSO).

Acting Principal of the college, Nancy Chitera, says the campaign targets to source electronic gadgets to support about 1, 500 needy students.

She says the donation by NSO is an encouraging response towards the cause, adding that the campaign is receiving overwhelming response.

“We are so grateful for what NSO has done. We know that they have been giving these tablets to public universities and for them to remember us, we do not take it for granted.

“We have quite a huge number of students who need the gadgets and the donation today will go a very long way in helping these students,” she said.

NSO Commissioner of Statistics, Mercy Kanyuka, believes the tablets are a milestone in bailing out the students.

“We had over 4, 000 tablets and we decided to give them to public universities and other government institutions. We have been receiving requests for the tablets.

“When we get the request, we send for approval to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets. As soon as we get the approval, we invite the institution to come and get the tablets,” she said.

“We recognize that these institutions need the tablets especially now when we have COVID-19. These are institutions that have needy students; some of them do not have any phone at all for e-learning. That is why decided to include all the learning institutions receive these tablets.

“I understand that 1, 500 students need the gadgets; I, therefore, call upon well-wishers to come in and assist,” she added.

Among the students, some literary do not have the gadgets, some have the phones but cannot accommodate learning applications while some have the phones but they are too small to download and read learning materials, according to Chitera.

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