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Bridges Are Better Than Walls

Nicaraguan Students Connect With Laptops Donated by Siemens

The $840 million Confederation Bridge connects Prince Edward Island to the rest of Canada. In its first year of operation tourism spending increased 63 per cent and visits to the Island topped the one million mark for the first time in history.

In 2017, Canada celebrated 150 years of Confederation. Siemens, CFCC and World Vision partnered in support of education at home and abroad. Siemens donated 300 decommissioned laptops. CFCC conducted a workshop to refurbish them; and, the work was performed by more than 60 Siemens, World Vision and student volunteers. A total of 150 laptops were distributed to Canadian schools, from Vancouver Island to the island of Newfoundland. Another 150 laptops were distributed to schools in Central America. These computers are bridging the technology gap for people in need, and connecting them with opportunities. These computers are bridges in our digital world.

Today we received these photos of a Nicaraguan classroom equipped with some of the donated laptops. In just 18 months, this school has changed dramatically. Students connect with educational resources through the Internet. Children are preparing for better jobs and a better life. Access to technology is unlocking their potential.

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