WASHINGTON, DC, July 20, 2022 – First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, met with representatives from HP Inc. and the Global Business Coalition for Education, at the Ukraine House cultural center in Washington, DC this week, to accept a donation of technology and learning materials headed to Ukraine to support thousands of students, teachers, and healthcare practitioners.
HP’s “Digital Equity for Ukraine” initiative is a $30 million partnership with the Global Business Coalition for Education that will put computers and learning materials in the hands of people who need them.
“The Ukrainian people have shown incredible courage in the face of unimaginable circumstances, and we are grateful for the leadership of First Lady Olena Zelenska and others who seek to end this war,” said Enrique Lores, CEO of HP Inc. “HP continues to mobilize resources to support Ukraine. Through our partnership with the Global Business Coalition for Education, we will put personal computers in the hands of students and families displaced from their homes and classrooms . This moment calls for all of us to act to support those in need.”
The computers will be distributed to organizations on the ground helping Ukrainians in partnership with the Global Business Coalition for Education, an initiative of the global children’s charity Theirworld. HP will donate computers to nonprofit organizations. In addition, Microsoft will provide software support for nonprofits that receive the computers.
In coordination with the Ukrainian government, about half of the donated computers will go to the many civilians displaced within the country and the other half to Ukrainian refugees displaced outside Ukraine.
“We are very grateful for the support of HP and the Global Business Coalition for Education,” said Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine. “Their efforts and contributions will help students in Ukraine and beyond to continue learning and prepare for the future, just like other young people in the world.”
Since February, millions of Ukrainians have lost their lives due to the Russian invasion. Nearly a third of Ukrainians have been forced from their homes, according to the United Nations, often leaving only what they can carry.
Vulnerable children are caught in the middle of war – fleeing their homes, communities, and schools. The Ukrainian government says more than 2,000 educational institutions have been hit by bombs or explosions. Today, millions of Ukrainian students are learning remotely at home and abroad.
“Education is one of the first things lost and the last things restored during a crisis,” said Justin van Fleet, President of Theirworld and Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition for Education. “This is why we are happy to partner with HP and Microsoft to provide resources to Ukrainian students so they can continue learning.
HP is increasingly vocal in the idea that digital equity is a human right, committing to facilitate digital equity for 150 million people worldwide by 2030. And while the tools are needed, they are only a piece of the equation. HP is also investing in teacher training and educational materials, including the translation of the HP Online Teaching Assistant into Ukrainian, to support teachers who are currently teaching remotely.
To date, the HP Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in grants to provide essential food, clothing, and shelter materials to refugees in Ukraine, and continues to match donations made by HP employee.
About HP Inc.
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About Global Business Coalitions for Education
The Global Business Coalition for Education is a movement of businesses committed to ending the global education crisis and unleashing the potential of the next generation. Founded as an initiative of the global children’s charity Theirworld in 2012, the Global Business Coalition for Education is committed to combining the expertise and resources of the business community with the campaign for global education and Sustainable Development Goal 4. Visit www.gbc-education.org