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Calling All Practices – Can You Spare Unwanted Laptops, Tablets, Computers Or Printers To Help School Children Learning At Home?

10 months ago

25th January, 2021 18h13


With most school children once again learning from home due to the pandemic, charities and educational bodies are calling on anyone with unwanted computers and mobile devices to consider donating these to help provide much-needed practical support.

Whilst undoubtedly useful, smartphones are simply not suitable for children to fully and consistently access the excellent remote learning provision being provided by teachers across the UK – you can’t write reports and fill in worksheets via Android or IOS. And whilst many households may have tablets and laptops, they almost certainly won’t have one for every child and adult currently working from home. Children have full days of learning timetabled, but may only be able to use a device for a short time where there are many people having to share.

After widely covering the request for donations across its news networks, the BBC has provided a really useful summary of how you can help, with links to national and local organisations coordinating donations of laptops, computers, tablets and printers:

Alison Lambert, Onswitch’s founder, is just one of many who have stepped up to help out: "Like a lot of businesses, at Onswitch HQ we have a cupboard where unwanted technology is stored ‘just in case’ – too good to throw away, but no longer needed. Looking through it recently, we found 20 laptops, tablets and PCs that we’re not using now that our team are all working from home. We’ve given them to our local parish council to distribute to households in need of practical home schooling support, and I’d urge all my colleagues across the veterinary sector to check whether their practices can do the same. Your old laptop could make the world of difference to someone’s future opportunities."

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