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The Friday Night School

17 June 2010

A couple of years ago the fabulous IT team at Medtronic in Australia came up with an innovative solution to managing our end-of-lease laptops. They decided to donate them to a charity that would otherwise struggle to afford such a resource.

Working with some of  our field staff, they identified a group in the community who would really benefit from having access to their very own computers – the students at Melbourne’s Friday Night School.

The work of the Friday Night School is truly remarkable.  Every Friday evening throughout the school term, about 200 refugee children from ages 3-18 attend classes at St John the Evangelist Parish in East Melbourne.  They are joined by 200 students from schools across Melbourne, who act as their tutors.

The school operates on the principle of the proverb “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.”  By helping the refugee students improve their English and maths skills, the school is helping improve their opportunities for their new lives in Australia.

Four times a year, Medtronic donates our end-of-lease laptops to the school, programmed with software  for student use (also donated by Medtronic). Ultimately we hope to donate 200 computers – one for each child attending the school.

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  1. Eva Chow permalink
    6 August 2010 9:38 pm

    It is truly more blessed to give than to receive. For those of us who got to present the laptops come back humbled and inspired. Old laptops transformed into a symbol of hope. How good is that!

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