OCAC to send secondhand computers to schools in Myanmar

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Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興, left) and Wu Chien-Kuo (吳建國, right); CNA file photo

Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興, left) and Wu Chien-Kuo (吳建國, right); CNA file photo

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) A total of 310 secondhand computers will soon be donated to nine schools in Myanmar to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas in the Southeast Asian country, the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) said Wednesday.

OCAC head Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興) said in Taipei that the OCAC regularly donates teaching materials to and trains Chinese language instructors for 197 privately funded schools that teach Chinese language and culture to ethnic Chinese students in Myanmar.

But with a limited budget, the OCAC has little money to do much more to help needy students in the country.

Thanks to the help of Wu Chien-Kuo (吳建國), the head of a educational and cultural association, and the Asus Foundation, several hundred secondhand computers will soon be donated to the schools there, according to the OCAC head.

"Following a previous visit to one of these schools in Myanmar and understanding their needs, Wu Chien-Kuo immediately donated 65 secondhand computers to the school," the OCAC minister said.

He later joined hands with the Asus Foundation, which promised to donate hundreds more computers to schools with programs for ethnic Chinese students in Myanmar, Wu Hsin-hsing said.

The OCAC chief said the donation will help change the lives of underprivileged students of these schools in Myanmar by giving them a life-changing opportunity.

He also expected that such computer donations would become a regular thing in the future.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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