DM, Charity give 300 PCs to school agency

DUBAI — The Dubai Municipality and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation handed over around 300 refurbished personal computers to the Dubai Schools Agency of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 10 Sep 2007, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:09 AM

The computers will be distributed to different schools in the emirate, in an initiative aimed at equipping all schools of the emirate with at least 1,500 PCs in the initial stage.

Husssain Nasser Lootah, the acting Director- General of the Dubai Municipality, said the initiative is aimed at spreading the culture of technology and protection of environment among different segments of the society and helping all educational institutions to have the sufficient number of personal computers for their students.

He noted that the Global Information Summit held in Tunis in 2005 had initiated the project of collecting, refurbishing and distributing used computers and their accessories for the benefit of specific categories of people in the society, who are less fortunate to have the facility of computers. The UAE was among those countries that initiated the implementation of this recommendation.

Lootah added that the civic body has embarked on this initiative to fulfill its environmental, educational and charity objectives under the service perspective.”Through this project we endeavour to support educational work and enhance the student culture, especially when these computers will support the new technical programmes that suit different stages of schooling,” said Lootah.

He said that the municipality was cooperating with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation in distributing the computers that were refurbished with technical support from Microsoft.

Ibrahim Bumelha, the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Foundation, said that the project, which was formally launched in February this year, had been receiving tremendous response from various government and private institutions in the country.

So far, some 3,500 personal computers, 4,500 monitors, 1,000 printers, 250 scanners, 3,900 keyboards and 3,000 mouse were received.

Some 450 refurbished computers were distributed to various establishments including charity associations, educational institutions, special needs centre, NGOs, etc. in the UAE.

Also, 90 computers were sent to Sultanate of Oman and 24 computers were sent to Sudan where a charity organisation will take up their distribution to needy establishments, including a school for the deaf and dumb. Major corporate donors include Union National Bank, Fairmont Hotel, National Bank of Dubai, Dubai Internet City and Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Supporting Youth Projects.

“We aim to collect around 5,000 computers a year and hope to make it 10,000 with more concerted efforts by different local and federal government bodies and the private establishments.

“With these computers and their accessories the foundation will try to support developmental and educational projects and also spread electronic culture in the remote and rural areas in some under developed countries in the light of the existing cooperation and friendship with them,” Bumelha said.

Individuals who wish to donate used equipment, including usable CPUs, monitors, scanners, printers and other computer accessories, may contact Dubai Municipality’s branch offices in various parts of the emirate.



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