Dell do­nates 900,000 yuan to schools

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By MASI and CHENG YU

Dell Inc has do­nated com­put­ers and vir­tual re­al­ity equip­ment worth 900,000 yuan ($132,450) to two schools in Guizhou province.

The tech com­pany’s fund­ing will help pro­vide chil­dren in south-western China with ac­cess to high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

Based in the United States, Dell do­nated lap­tops, desk­tops and VR pro­jec­tors, which are aimed at plug­ging the tech­nol­ogy gap at re­gional level.

“We have al­ways been car­ing and we have al­ways sup­ported China’s ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem,” said Lin Hao, vi­cepres­i­dent of Dell.

The com­pany will build learn­ing cen­ters for stu­dents, which will be equipped with more than 30 Dell PCs. They will be cus­tom­ized for Chi­nese chil­dren.

The cen­ters will also pro­vide teach­ers with vi­tal re­sources, in­clud­ing “course ware” for dif­fer­ent sub­jects as well as pho­tos, videos, au­dios and car­toons.

Dell also plans to set up a VR Cor­ner, where stu­dents can ex­pe­ri­ence and get im­mersed in vir­tual re­al­ity sce­nar­ios through ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy.

Chil­dren will be ei­ther to “fly” to dif­fer­ent plan­ets and ex­plore the uni­verse or learn to es­cape from a blaze in a sim­u­lated fire scene by wear­ing a VR hel­met.

“We are em­brac­ing the rapid de­vel­op­ment of VR and cloud ed­u­ca­tion,” said Chen Chong, pres­i­dent of Ex­per­i­men­tal Pri­mary Schools at­tached to Guiyang Nor­mal School, which is in­volved in Dell’s project.

“The tra­di­tional way of teach­ing with black­board and chalk is be­ing re­placed by ‘In­ter­net+Ed­u­ca­tion’,” Chen added. “So, we ap­pre­ci­ate that Dell has brought high-qual­ity re­sources to Guiyang.”

Dell also co­op­er­ated with Asi­aInfo, a lead­ing soft­ware provider, to of­fer 100 sets of PC-cillin, a soft­ware to pro­tect against dan­ger­ous viruses. The com­pany plans to de­ploy other soft­ware to pro­tect hard disks.

Since 2006, Dell has es­tab­lished four learn­ing cen­ters in Guizhou province and a to­tal of 272 across China. Its do­na­tion in ed­u­ca­tion ex­ceeds 130 mil­lion yuan. This in turn has helped more than 300,000 stu­dents.

“We try to co­op­er­ate with lead­ing com­pa­nies in this field to cre­ate in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional projects,” said Lin of Dell.

Con­tact the writ­ers at masi@chi­nadaily.com.cn and chengyu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

A stu­dent at a pri­mary school in Guiyang, Guizhou province, tries on vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles do­nated by Dell.

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