Dortmund | 24. March 2021
Online and blended lessons have unfortunately now become the norm for many pupils in these coronavirus times. To get home schooling to work, a basic prerequisite is good IT equipment, of course. The IT company adesso would like to provide support locally and has committed to helping Heisenberg-Gymnasium in Dortmund quickly and unbureaucratically. It is a small Easter present, so to say.
The IT service provider is donating 50 memory modules to the school to increase the memory of its computers, as they upgrade the old laptops for informatics lessons. Furthermore, the company is giving the school an Apple Store voucher for EUR 3,000, so learning apps can be purchased for pupils.
With the donation in kind, adesso is supporting the grammar school in the northeast of Dortmund, as it addresses the challenges of online and blended learning in the coronavirus pandemic. The donation for the learning app will ensure that the school is able to provide better support to its pupils learning at home. In turn, the apps can be used on iPads that the Ministry of Education in North Rhine-Westphalia has made available to educational institutions as part of the DigitalPakt Schule (Digital Package for Schools). adesso has provided the Heisenberg grammar school with robots and other equipment for informatics lessons in the past.
Apart from the current involvement in the Dortmund grammar school, adesso has been committed to the training and further education of young people in the area of informatics for years. The company regularly organises IT workshops (“IT4Kids workshops”) for children aged 14 and under, offers pupils internships at adesso and supports education training fairs and school festivals. Right now, schoolgirls can sign up for adesso Dortmund Girls’ Day on 22 April. As part of the event, dual students (students working and studying) at adesso will hold programmer workshops to give girls in grade levels 6 to 10 insights into the jobs of software developers.
“Digitisation in all areas is our credo at adesso. Naturally, schools should also have the required resources for this, since our society has established digitisation as the basis for the training of qualified future generations”, stresses Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn, Chair of the Supervisory Board at adesso, who also completed his A-levels (Abitur) at the Heisenberg grammar school in Dortmund. “Unfortunately, schools’ technical equipment is still unsatisfactory in many cases. Especially in these challenging times, schools need not only high-performing hardware, but also the right tools to motivate pupils to learn from home”.
Ulrike Eisenberg, Headmistress of Heisenberg grammar school, is grateful for the gift: “Our informatics classes really need technical equipment. It is wonderful that a successful Dortmund IT company recalls its roots and supports the learning of pupils with this donation. adesso gives young pupils a real feel for how much fun informatics can be and how exciting and diverse IT professions are today by holding events and workshops designed for individual target groups.”