Last month, PB Tech Education donated 160 used Chromebooks to the Year 5 and Year 6 students at Apii Vaitau elementary school in Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
The donation was part of PB Tech Education’s initiative to help close the digital divide in the Pacific Islands while giving quality off-lease education devices a second life.
Education head Stan Fosenbauer received 160 Chromebooks meant for recycling when the team noticed they were still functional, but not up to resell standards.
PB Tech has a close relationship with the Cook Islands Ministry of Education and knew it was struggling to get enough devices to its students on remote islands. Fosenbauer reached out to the Ministry, offering to donate these devices to them.
“Nobody wants to see functional goods being destroyed if they can be used to help those who don't have the means to purchase them," said Fosenbauer.
The Chromebooks have enabled Apii Vaitau's students to go to 1:1 with devices, with each student working on their own device.
Deputy Principal Collette Clarke said, “Exciting times are ahead of us as we start our journey to become digital citizens in this ever-changing world.
"Our knowledge will grow through the support of future learning at our fingertips.”