September is here and after two long years of online learning, students are heading back to physical classrooms.
What an exciting time for these future leaders!
However, before we step into the future and get you excited about our 2022 Back to School Community Impact initiatives we need to revisit the past.
Students receiving back to school supplies from Digicel Guyana
As you may already know, online learning provided an array of challenges for students across the Caribbean, BUT there were some positives worth mentioning.
As part of Digicel’s pledge to keep everyone connected during the pandemic, our markets really stepped up and formed partnerships with their local education ministries to give students access to their schools’ virtual learning sites.
In addition to this, subsidized data plans and zero-rated data access to frequently used learning platforms and websites were provided to students.
Now let us return to the present moment. As restrictions lifted in 2022 and life started to feel ‘normal’ we at Digicel started to get excited.
It meant that after two years of being limited to online activities, we now have the opportunity once again to show up in communities in meaningful ways.
So of course, Digicel knew there was an opportunity to continue supporting students in more personal and interactive ways. Several of our markets executed Community Impact initiatives connecting with youths, and providing back to school necessities.
Students receiving back to school supplies from Digicel St. Vincent
Let us start with the Breadfruit Isle also known as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This market visited 10 schools and donated backpacks and stationery.
Similarly, in the Spice Isle, Grenada visited both primary and secondary schools and donated backpacks and stationery. They also visited a supermarket and gave out food vouchers to parents.
Parents receive Back to School supplies for their kids in Grenada
In the case of the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica, partnered with the local welfare association and donated backpacks, and grocery items.
The ‘Land of 365 Beaches’, Antigua also collaborated with a local charity, JCI, and donated similar items. Anguilla also did a similar initiative by donating bag packs and stationery to six Primary schools.
While as ‘The Land of Many Waters,’ Guyana held a donation drive for underprivileged children.
We would like to take this time to wish all students the best of luck and a successful semester!