Rubis continues its six year support of key Department of Education projects with the provision of tablets to students to assist with their e-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During an event at Rubis Head Office, Ramsburg, Providence, the energy company donated 26 Samsung and Lenovo tablets to facilitate the virtual education of some Grade 5 students. In making the presentation, Joylyn Johnson, Retail Accounts Executive, Rubis explained that the company was aware of the challenges to traditional learning methods in an active COVID-19 environment. She said, “As the world faces the challenges and effects of this pandemic, a great toll is being borne by our children who have had to adapt to a different way of receiving information and learning.” She added, “It is our concern for this most vulnerable group that sees Team Rubis rally to render assistance.”
In addition to the tablets for the students and their teacher, Teneicia Matthews, Rubis supplied SIM cards to not only allow the children to access the internet for lessons, but also to provide access to the BrainStreet platform as part of their virtual education. Local technology provider BrainStreet offers online tutoring and practice questions for multiple subject areas via its Brain Central platform. This initiative will see the students covering the core subjects (Math, English, Science and Social Studies). As part of the sponsorship, Rubis has agreed to offset the cost to have the teacher and the headmistress trained to use this platform, facilitate the orientation programme for the children and provide access to over 125,000 questions for a two month period.
Headmistress of the Diamond Primary School, Sherron Howard, thanked Rubis for the generous donation and explained that some students were facing economic challenges especially at this time. She said that through this donation the school “will be able to engage our learners, especially the Grade 5 meaningfully.”
The presentation of the tablets is part of a regional company initiative by Rubis to assist countries in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few months, Rubis Guyana has also made donations to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and the Civil Defense Commission to augment the costs associated with assisting frontline workers and vulnerable families in the community. The company has also donated essential personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Public Health.