Laptop campaign which launched in Sheffield expands further with Dell partnership

The Laptops for Kids campaign is set to increase access to online learning for young people across the North of England with the support of a new partner.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 12:30 pm

Launched in September 2020 by The Star, WANdisco and Learn Sheffield the campaign has been calling on businesses and individuals to donate devices, to help young people access online learning in lockdown.

In addition to thousands of devices, businesses and individuals have also donated significant financial donations, enabling Laptops for Kids to source laptops directly from computer technology company, Dell Technologies.

David Richards, Chief executive of WANdisco and instigator of the campaign, 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.

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Laptops for Kids campaign launch in Sheffield. Pictured are David Richards, CEO of WANdisco, with Abtisam Mohamed Labour Councillor for the Firth Park Ward Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.

“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.”

Although schools in England are due to return to classroom learning on March 8, David believes the digital divide is something that still needs to be addressed amongst young people.

He added: “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.”

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.”

Laptops for Kids is now scaling up across the North and has recently launched in Doncaster, Rotherham and Newcastle, with more locations to follow.

Devices are distributed in partnership with local authorities who are working closely with primary and secondary schools to understand the level of need in their communities.

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