SINGAPORE – Primary 5-year-old Jaron Lim will no longer have difficulty attending online lessons and completing schoolwork online.
“I had to miss online lessons because my (three year old) laptop was too slow or not even turned on. I felt very frustrated because I could see how much my classmates enjoyed online lessons while I could not even hear mine. could. the voice of the teacher, “said Jaron, 11.
“Sometimes I had to submit my assignments myself too late.”
Tuesday (May 31) he got a new laptop. He is among the 30 beneficiaries of the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) who received the technical tool from the company Certis for security services under their Gift a Laptop initiative.
“Well, it’s going to be easier to do research myself if I do not understand a concept I’m learning in class,” said Jaron, a Queenstown Primary School student living in a two-room rental apartment in Bukit. Merah and has a 25-year-old sister with special needs.
“I can even learn how to code and design websites. It’s what I want to do three years ago.”
Mr Paul Chong, Certis president and chief executive of the group, said: “Digital and online learning have become a mainstay for students since the pandemic.
“Through this Gift a Laptop initiative, we aim to help needy students have the tools they need for greater digital learning by developing their digital skills.”
In addition to the 30 laptops that Certis spent $ 20,000 to get, it donated $ 10,000 to the STSPMF.
Amid the pandemic, the fund, which was launched in 2000, disbursed $ 6.8 million to 10,000 beneficiaries in 2020 and $ 8.8 million to 12,400 beneficiaries in 2021. The $ 8.8 million is the highest amount ever given.