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'Laptops for Lockdown Learning' appeal launched by Greenham Trust

Appeal will help schools buy laptops for disadvantaged children

Jonathan Ashby

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Greenham Trust has launched the ‘Laptops for Lockdown Learning’ appeal to give every child a laptop to learn under lockdown.

Hosted on The Good Exchange, the trust will match up to £250,000 of donations made to the appeal, to be spent on learning equipment across West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Every £1 donated will be matched, with the capability to raise £500,000 to help schools buy laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children to learn with, so they don’t fall behind during lockdown.

Approximately nine per cent of children in the UK – between 1.1 million and 1.8 million – do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home, according to Ofcom.

Greenham Trust has already received applications from a number of local primary and secondary schools requesting funding for laptops and IT equipment to enable their pupils in need to learn at home.

Based on figures from West Berkshire Council the likely number of families requiring support across primary and secondary education in this area alone is 2,700-3,000.

Greenham Trust chief executive Chris Boulton said: “The pandemic has shone a stark light on the gap in provision for families in lockdown, but we must make sure this gap doesn’t continue to grow.

“Whilst government nationally and locally are working hard to support schools in a quickly evolving situation there is clearly a need to provide additional help.

“We believe responsibility now falls on the voluntary sector and local community to ensure that disadvantaged children do not fall through the cracks during these difficult times when it comes to education.”

The majority of pupils in need have had to either use parents’ mobile phones, which are often on pay as you go and can cost up to £100 a day to access data, share devices with siblings who are also learning remotely or have gone without access to any device at all.

This means hundreds of thousands of children from poorer communities are missing out on core education, interaction with teachers and peers and critically the preparation they need to improve their life chances.

Greenham Trust invites any funders or companies who would like to support the campaign to contact head of collaborative funding Julian May at julian.may@thegoodexchange.com

To donate to Greenham Trust’s Laptops for Lockdown Learning campaign, visit the fundraising page, https://app.thegoodexchange.com/project/18560/greenham-trust/laptops-for-lockdown-learning 

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