Many parents are finding the Covid lockdown stressful, especially if their children are struggling to keep up with the lessons their teachers are working hard to put online. Some children are known to be using mobile phones, some must share a computer with others in the family, some have limited data allowances, and some have no computer available at all.
Now there is a way to help tackle these problems and to prevent children from falling behind their friends in their schoolwork. Rotary in the North West of England has launched a new project called Laptops4Schools which aims to bring redundant laptops back to life and to make them available free of charge to schoolchildren.
The project also helps to reduce the amount of electronic waste going to landfill. Over two million computers are thrown away each year in the UK. They all contain rare and valuable elements which, if reclaimed or the items refurbished, will reduce the need for intensive mining.
Unwanted laptop computers are donated to Rotary by the public or local companies rather than being thrown away. In partnership with our sponsors Scan Computers Ltd and We Love Laptops in Horwich, Rotary arranges for the machines to be inspected, cleaned of data, and brought back to life suitable for use by school children. The work is undertaken at minimal cost to the project. The computers are donated free to local schools who decide where best to allocate them.
The project relies on the generosity of people donating their laptops or money to pay for the refurbishment. We aim to refurbish 100 laptops in the first instance, supported by four local Rotary Clubs, but the project will expand as the initiative gathers pace.
There are other schemes being pursued in parallel with our own but contact with local schools has identified more than enough need for all of them. Indeed, the problems of the ‘digital divide’ as well as the environmental benefit will persist long after the current pandemic becomes history.
For more information about this project and the opportunity to help, visit LAPTOPS4SCHOOLS here.
This project is a collaboration between four Rotary Clubs, click on a name to find out what else they are doing.
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