Unidentified people use the internet on laptops. COVID-19 restrictions have led to an increase in computer use.

The Victor and Sally Mouttet Foundation, with support from its contributing partners Agostini’s Limited, Prestige Holdings Limited and Victor E. Mouttet Limited, has announced they will be providing 400 laptops with three months free Wi-Fi to children for their online home schooling.

The laptops will be made available to the children of Agostini’s and Prestige Holdings’ employees who are unable to afford the devices and 100 of them will be made available to the Ministry of Education for wider distribution to deserving families.

The use of electronic devices has become critical in the new term after the Ministry of Education was forced to shut down face-to-face teaching due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about the initiative, chairman of the foundation Anthony Agostini said “We recognise that COVID-19 has brought unique challenges and we must all play our role to help support how we respond to these changes. While our foundation is funding the majority of the cost of these computers that the children of staff members will receive, staff will also make a token contribution, joining the foundation in recognition of its value to their children’s education.”

The Victor and Sally Mouttet Foundation currently funds programmes associated with children with Dyslexia and has an Eye Glasses Programme covering over 100 primary schools that it has been rolling out across the country. Eye tests and glasses are provided to children at a fraction of the normal cost in that initiative.