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February 22, 2008
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Computers for Schools PEI Celebrates the Delivery of 10,000th Computer
“This major milestone was achieved through the vision and dedication of Computers for Schools PEI and our partners,” said Education Minister Greenan. “Together, we are enhancing the learning environment by providing more educational tools and support.”
“CFS-PEI is making a real difference in Island schools,” said Minister Sheridan. “I'm pleased to see Provincial Treasury employees so dedicated to delivering a program that helps our young people gain valuable computer experience they’ll take into the workforce after graduation.”
“The achievement CFS is marking today would not be possible without the dedication of all the individuals in the non-profit sector and volunteer groups such as the TelecomPioneers, the private sector, and across all levels of government,” said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry. “CFS is a wonderful illustration of the significant benefits that can be achieved as the result of such cooperative efforts.”
Computers for Schools, co-founded in 1993 by Industry Canada and the TelecomPioneers, refurbishes computers and related equipment donated by governments and businesses. These computers are distributed across Canada to schools, libraries and registered not-for-profit learning organizations. Since 1993, the CFS National Program has provided over 850,000 computers to schools across Canada of which CFS-PEI has contributed 10,000.
In addition to the educational benefits of Computers for Schools, CFS also promotes environmental benefits by ensuring computer systems donated by business and government are refurbished and recycled.
In Prince Edward Island, the Computers For Schools program is delivered by the Department of Education and the Provincial Treasury. The arrangement is an innovative one with the integration of the program into the delivery of technical support services to the schools and public libraries of the province. The Provincial Treasury provides workshop and storage space as well as assisting in transportation and administrative services.
For more information about CFS-PEI, contact Sean MacIntosh, program coordinator at 902 368 4993.