SEVA Trust UK, a Bedford based registered charity working on Education, Health, Environment and Social Welfare provided 55 free laptops to children studying additional Indian languages at Sunday schools run by local charities and community groups.
The laptops were donated by SEVA Trust to students from different age groups who are studying Punjabi, Hindi, Sanskrit in Bedfordshire in addition to their normal full time education.
Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, Sri Guru Ravidass Temple, Ramgarhia Sikh Society, Sanskrit and Hindi teaching groups, who all run evenings or Sunday schools to help children to learn Punjabi and other Indian languages.
Charan Sekhon, Chairman of SEVA Trust said, "In line with our charity objectives to support educational initiatives and help students from diverse communities, we decided to work with all local Gurdwaras and Temples who are doing wonderful work to help children to teach additional languages. This not only helps children to connect with their cultural roots but enable them to progress in their future careers with multilingual skills. I would like to thank Chris Cotterill of XMA Ltd for facilitating SEVA Trust to buy these laptops on cost price."
Amarjit Singh Joshan, an education secretary of Guru Nanak Gurdwara and Devinder Kaur Gabri who coordinates free Punjabi School at Ampthill Road Sikh Temple said, "This is a fantastic initiative by SEVA Trust to support children of our Punjabi Schools. There are many children without any IT equipment at home and these laptops will not only help to support their educational needs but to fulfil their educational goals by making technology accessible."
SEVA Trust donated further 10 laptops to L&D support centre run by Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Bedford and their president Jaswinder Kumar said, "We are absolutely delighted with this support. We offer free ESOL, Life in the UK and Punjabi classes. Due to economic barriers, there many adults and children without the needed IT equipment. These laptops will help in a big way to allow all attendees to access digital education."