4th October 2021. The eCommerce retailer Amazon and P3 Logistic Parks, a leading developer and long-term owner of logistics properties in Europe, are supporting the digitisation project of two primary schools in the municipality of Pommersfelden with a joint donation totalling 10,000 euros. There, P3 is currently building a distribution centre for Amazon, which is scheduled to go into operation in autumn 2021.
Not all parents, students and communities can afford the necessary hardware and software for digital education. Funds through the federal funding programmes are often patchy or do not reach the schools quickly enough. The municipality of Pommersfelden near Bamberg is therefore proactively implementing a digitalisation project for its two primary schools, which is intended to relieve pupils and teachers in their everyday school life in the wake of the pandemic. As part of the project, the school buildings are to receive their own fibre-optic connection and WLAN in all classrooms. In addition, pupils and teachers will receive their own tablets.
Sönke Kewitz, Managing Director of P3 Logistic Parks Germany: "The Corona pandemic has accelerated digitalisation in the schools, but there are still clear gaps in the technical equipment. In Pommersfelden and many other municipalities, this is simply due to a lack of necessary funds. As a local company, we also want to be a good neighbour that takes responsibility in the community. That's why we want to actively support the digitalisation of schools in Pommersfelden, in addition to other local funding projects."
Thomas Peter, site manager of the new Amazon distribution centre in Pommersfelden: "Innovation is a top priority at Amazon. It is therefore very important to us that children and young people are provided with the necessary resources to explore the digital world and make use of its opportunities. We are particularly pleased to be able to provide this support in Pommersfelden - our new home."
The donation helps ensure that all students can learn regardless of social differences. It will also enable teachers to easily switch to digital teaching if needed. Beyond the pandemic, knowledge of key digital skills will be sustainably promoted, an indispensable skill in the digital age.
Gerd Dallner, First Mayor of the municipality of Pommersfelden: "The Corona crisis has once again made it very clear that our schools in particular need to be better equipped digitally. For us, up-to-date digital equipment also includes mobile devices for all pupils and teachers. Of course, this is linked to high investments. The Pommersfelden School Association is therefore pleased about the financial commitment of the companies Amazon and P3."
The promotion of local projects at their locations and local commitment is important to P3 and Amazon. Thus, both companies actively support local clubs and associations in other communities that are committed to the common good.
Picture: Amazon and P3 each handed over €5,000 to the community of Pommersfelden. From left to right: Thomas Peter (Amazon Site Manager), Cordula Schmeidl (School Principal), Gerd Dallner (First Mayor) and Nicholas Haas (Senior Project Manager P3).