Taiwan Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Peter Sha-Li Lan has handed over 150 tablets Deputy Prime Minister Montgomery Daniel and Minister of Education Curtis King, on behalf of the government of SVG.
Lan praised the joint effort of SVG Ambassador to Taiwan, Andrea Bowman, and the Taiwan SHEICO Company, which sponsored the donation.
The donation was given in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the eruption of La Soufriere last April.
“This donation is particularly meaningful because it is in accordance with the policy direction set by OECS Education Ministers’ meeting, and is also essential to Vincentian students who had difficulty accessing online learning resources,” the embassy said in a press release.
Daniel said that SHEICO’s donation shows that the people of Taiwan stand with the people of SVG when facing natural disasters.
The 150 tablets would equip students who need them for online studies, he said.
Meanwhile, King thanked Taiwan SHEICO Company for the donation. He said that Taiwan continues to supports SVG in the field of education, including the bursaries to primary and secondary school students.
Taiwan also provides scholarships for Vincentians to pursue university education.
King encouraged qualified Vincentians to apply for the Taiwan scholarship before the end of March.
Taiwan and the SVG established diplomatic relations over 40 years ago.
More than 200 Vincentians have received scholarships to study in Taiwan, and more than 11,000 local students from disadvantaged families have been awarded bursaries.
The Taiwan government has also executed a number of projects to improve local school infrastructure and maintenance.