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Technology boost for pupils and teachers at Dunbar Primary School

Covid-19 fund East Lothian

Dunbar Primary School children and teachers received a boost recently when they received a grant to buy ten computer tablets to support education during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The £1,921 of funding came from Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar’s joint Covid-19 crisis fund, which has been helping many schools, charities and organisations across East Lothian since March 2020.

It’s the second grant that the Aikengall Community Wind Farms owners’ Covid-19 crisis fund has provided for the school.

In September 2020 a grant of £3,050 was provided so the school could purchase school sheds, an event shelter and improve the accessibility around the wildlife pond.

These improvements to the courtyard garden created extra and more stimulating learning environments for P1s, P2s and P3s, but also allowed the school to adhere to health and safety guidance around Covid-19.

The grant for the tablets was urgently needed to help pupils and teachers continue learning during periods of lockdown.

The equipment is being used to help pupils take images of work, teachers film talks and to allow pupils to learn in groups while adhering to Covid-19 regulations.

It’s also hoped the tablets will provide additional support for pupils’ learning using specific programmes designed to help with their education, which has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates the Aikengall Community Wind Farms in East Lothian, said: “Many children have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 crisis and we haven’t hesitated in our support for schools and pupils across East Lothian.

“It’s so important we support all members of our communities during this Covid-19 pandemic, which is why we didn’t hesitate when Dunbar Primary School explained what it was planning to do with this additional funding.

“Educating our young people is something everyone can play a part in and we’re really pleased that our joint Covid-19 crisis fun with BeGreen is able to help Dunbar Primary School and its pupils.”

For more information on Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar’s Covid-19 crisis fund, please contact Cathleen Anderson at the BeGreen shop in Dunbar.

It is usually open between Monday and Wednesday, from 9am to 1pm, and Cathleen is available to offer advice on energy saving, renewable top-up funding and other funding.

However, due to Covid-19 the shop is currently only accessible by calling 01368 863 720 or by emailing begreen@communitywindpower.co.uk.

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