Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Ministry of Education endorses D&G Foundation’s ‘5 for 5’

Dianne Ashton-Smith, D&G Foundation board member.

Dianne Ashton-Smith, D&G Foundation board member.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams, has commended the Desnoes & Geddes (D&G) Foundation for its efforts to ensure educational continuity through a digital initiative aimed at putting $2.5 million in the hands of five schools for improvement projects.

“These are unforeseen and unprecedented times we are living in as we try to settle down in this new normal of wearing masks, practising social distancing and online learning. Despite all this, we must play our part to ensure our children receive the education they deserve and the necessary support from their schools,” Williams said.

The Desnoes and Geddes Foundation 5 for 5 Promotion, powered by Malta, will see five schools each getting $500,000.

The schools will be selected through a voting process online. There was an open call for nominations from October 23 - 30, where followers on @redstripecorporate Instagram and Facebook pages, chose the schools they believe were the most deserving of the half-million-dollar prize. The top 10 schools with the most nominations have advanced to the voting round.

Schools still in the running are Silverstone Basic School, Denbigh High School, Merl Grove High School, Revival Basic School, York Castle High School, The Queens School, Westwood High School, Yallahs High School, Glenmuir High School and New Vision Primary School. Voting has already commenced and will end on November 25. The top five schools with the most votes will be announced on November 27 and given $500,000 each for their improvement projects.

“Youth empowerment and educational development are among the core principles of the D&G Foundation, so it was only fitting that we launch this programme to serve them. Now more than ever, our young people need to feel supported and secure in their studies so they can be successful during the school year and move on to achieve their dreams. Our donation to these schools is a way for us to show our solidarity with the education sector and provide support in a way that matters most,” said Dianne Ashton-Smith, D&G Foundation board member.

The D&G Foundation is the philanthropic arm of local beer company Red Stripe, a part of the Heineken Company. Like its other initiatives, the Foundation’s 5 for 5 Promotion, in collaboration with Malta, aims to impact the lives of children across the island, many of whom are still trying to adjust to the online/remote learning environment.

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