Donate ICT devices, support online learning

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), in collaboration with Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and Ministry of Education (MoE), will be initiating a donation drive to support online learning. Since March 30, the MoE has implemented online learning to include all students in the primary and secondary schools, institutes of higher learning and universities nationwide.

As announced by the MoE at the COVID-19 press conference on April 9, the implementation of online learning will continue until May 14. According to the MoE, there are currently approximately 52,000 students attending government schools from primary to sixth form level nationwide. To support the online learning initiative and students in need of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices, the public, the private sector and non-government organisations (NGOs) are called upon to join efforts in donating new or used computers, laptops and tablets to provide equal and continuous learning opportunities to all the students.

Two collection venues were identified where donors can deliver their ICT devices. In Brunei-Muara District, the devices can be handed over at Block A, Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus, Jalan Muara while in Belait District, the collection point will be at IBTE Jefri Bolkiah Campus, Kuala Belait. Donors can send their devices starting today until Thursday, May 14, from 8.30am to noon and from 2-4pm, except on Friday, Sunday and public holiday. During the month of Ramadhan, donations can be handed over from 8.30am-1.30pm on the same days.

Before the laptops or other devices are handed over to students in need, AITI will be conducting performance reviews on the devices to ensure that they meet the prescribed minimum specifications. The donated devices will be refurbished, which includes system diagnosis, reformatting and installation of necessary applications for online learning purposes. This process will be handled by on-the-job trainees who are HNTec and Diploma graduates in ICT-related fields who have the necessary skills and knowledge to execute the tasks. The MoE will be assisting AITI in distributing the laptops to the students in need.

To support the students in their online learning, the minimum specifications of the devices are computers and laptops with 2.0GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 250GB storage, Windows 10/8.1 operating system, at least 128MB graphics memory, wireless connectivity as well as keyboard, webcam, speaker and microphone in working condition; and tablets with Android 5.0 and above or iOS 11 and above.

This initiative will also give trainees real work experience and provide them with marketable skills.

The success of this donation drive can only be achieved through the whole of nation approach with the support from all students, parents, ministries, academia, private sector, NGOs and the general public.

For more information, contact AITI at 7362955/7410106/741 0107/7410108 during office hours or e-mail [email protected]