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Athene donates laptops to public schools

Laptop donation: pictured from left to right, including students, are Michelle Scott Outerbridge of Athene, Kailyn Butterfield-Pereira, Chip Gillis of Athene, Maze Leverock, Zakaria Abrahams, Diallo Rabain, Minister of Education, O’Xiyah Clarke and Stephen Coddington, acting principal of Victor Scott (Photograph supplied)

Athene Life Re Ltd has donated nearly 100 laptops to 18 public schools through an initiative called “Computers for a Better Education”.

The laptops are scheduled to be sent to eight primary schools and 10 preschools.

Last year, Chip Gillis, CEO of Bermudian-based Athene Life Re, a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd, attended a meeting in which David Burt, the Premier, spoke about the need for wi-fi and computer equipment in Bermuda public schools.

Athene said this meeting was the impetus for Mr Gillis to seek donations of used computer equipment from Athene as well as from Bermuda International Long-Term Insurers and Reinsurers company members in an effort to support public education.

“This equipment can enhance and empower teachers, improve the learning experience for the students and better prepare the students for a world full of opportunity,” said Mr Gillis.

Diallo Rabain, Minister of Education and Workforce Development, said: “This generous donation by Athene will enable public schools like Victor Scott to support their students in their computer education and provide general learning support. These laptops also provide an invaluable resource for students’ STEM education. We are grateful to companies such as Athene for their investment in Bermuda’s students and their future.”