Carl and Gigi Allen, Texas philanthropists, are continuing their commitment to empowering Bahamian students by ensuring they have access to educational technology.
The Allens, BTC and the government have partnered to provide Amazon Fire Tablets to all fourth through sixth grade students in the Abacos over the next year. They recently made a donation to students at the Grand Cay All Age School, at which time they announced their intent to begin the partnership. The devices, they say, will allow students to have access to a wide range of critical learning tools at their fingertips.
Carl Allen’s visits to The Bahamas date back to his childhood, and he and his wife Gigi recently purchased Walker’s Cay, which they intend to develop.
“The Bahamas have provided Gigi and me, and our entire family, with so many wonderful memories and experiences. We are committed and honored to join with the government, BTC and the wonderful school administrators and teachers here to do our part in ensuring that these kids have all the tools they need to succeed in life,” he said. “These students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades are in crucial stages of their educational journeys, so Gigi and I believe providing them with a personal tablet will help streamline the way knowledge is acquired in the classroom.”
Miranda Wells, who has served as the acting principal for the Grand Cay All Age School for the past several months and as class teacher for 16 years said a core value at the school is the development of students’ potential. She said the tablets will aid in helping them fulfill their everyday mission.
“Like us, Mr. and Mrs. Allen recognize that each student is unique in his or her interests and goals. The tablets they are providing will allow our students the opportunity for in-depth research, regarding classroom materials, as well as pursue personal research interests,” said Wells.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, who is also member of Parliament for North Abaco, said the significance of the effort by the government and a generous private partner in the form of the Allens was hard to put into words.
“The Bahamian government stands alongside the Allen family in bettering the classroom as well as the overall education system across the country; we thank them for their generosity and support for our children.”
Sean Bowe, BTC executive, said BTC would continue to ensure the students have access to an Internet connection that is speedy and reliable.
“Working with great partners like the Allen family, we will work to help connect educational information to the student in an instant,” said Bowe.