Vulnerable students given tablets, internet connection by MOAS

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Vulnerable students coming from a migrant background have received tablets, modems and a six-month internet subscription to be able to access education by the humanitarian organisation MOAS.

In a statement on Wednesday, the NGO explained that following a collaboration with the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS), the vulnerable families were identified, and the items were delivered.

Schools have been closed down since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak in Malta, with several migrant families having experienced difficulties in accessing the remote education services on behalf of their children due to the lack of resources.

The NGO provided 21 tablets and internet connection to 21 vulnerable families in order to help them access education. The internet connection was donated by Go Mobile.

MOAS Director Regina Catrambone said that education is the key to giving young generations a better future, adding that the organisation which she heads was committed to assisting the most vulnerable communities and families in Malta.

“We believe that technology plays a central role and is paramount to new ways of learning. Every person has the right to education, and therefore, especially during a pandemic outbreak, the access to online systems is essential to overcome the digital divide.”

AWAS CEO Mauro Farrugia remarked that by working with humanitarian organisations such as MOAS, people could be better supported. He acknowledged that students who live in centres found it difficult to cope with remote education due to coronavirus restrictive measures. He explained that while internet was available at the centres managed by AWAS, individual use was not always possible. He explained that through the project the families impacted now had their own personal modem making it easier for them to access internet and make sure that their children could follow their lessons.

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