The campaign started in Sheffield in September and has launched in Newcastle, Doncaster and Rotherham with more locations to follow. Devices are distributed in partnership with local authorities which are working closely with primary and secondary schools to understand the level of need in their communities.
Technology entrepreneur David Richards, instigator of the campaign, said: “The pandemic has exposed the deep inequalities in society and with the world moving online, we need to make sure young people can access the opportunities they need to realise their dreams, whether schools are open or closed.”
Devices are distributed in partnership with local authorities which are working closely with primary and secondary schools to understand the level of need in their communities.
The campaign has attracted thousands of donated devices from businesses and individuals. It has also received significant financial donations, enabling it to source laptops directly from Dell Technologies.
Mr Richards said: “Nearly one in 10 households are without a laptop, desktop or tablet, which makes it virtually impossible for children to take part in remote learning during lockdown.
“We are delighted to work with Dell Technologies as our national partner as the company shares our passion for solving this damaging social problem and creating opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential through access to technology.”
Dayne Turbitt, senior vice president and general manager for Dell Technologies in the UK, said: “The digital divide has been exposed in the UK like never before.
"Many people have limited access to remote learning which is negatively impacting education.
"We are proud to work with charities like Laptops For Kids to provide technology to help young learners get access to digital learning.”
For more information visit www.ltfk.co.uk
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