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The Bristol Project that’s Helping Home-Schooling Posted On 08 January 2021

Bristol City Council’s ‘Tackling Digital Poverty in Bristol’ project allocates £250,000 of its Covid fund into distributing recycled laptops.

 

This move comes after the Prime Minister announced the third national lockdown on Monday night, meaning that schools will once again be closed, and children will have to learn remotely, until at least half-term in February.

 

With the way that teaching is now conducted, technology plays a massive part, and so not having access to a laptop or computer can cause pupils to fall behind. And according to a study conducted by ‘Connecting Bristol’ in November, internet access at home is 6% lower in deprived areas.

 

Therefore, the new project will be giving laptops to individuals in need, as well as providing data and support, so that recipients can ‘Improve their access to education’. The council documents explain the reasons behind the project, stating that, ‘People without digital devices, data and basic skills face significant barriers to education, training and employment’. The documents go on to explain the situation which Bristol households find themselves in, saying, ‘There is anecdotal evidence that many households lack a computer, laptop or tablet’.

 

The project is not dissimilar to one which the government ran during the first lockdown, in March. During this particular effort, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson promised those studying for GCSEs to be able to gain access to laptops. He also supported free online lessons for primary and secondary pupils, citing that this move would ‘Take the pressure off’ schools.

 

If you are interested in helping someone in need of a laptop, you can donate yours. DigiLocal is a charity that supports the education of young people by giving them access to technology. This charity accepts any working laptop which has a power cable, and is in good condition, except any Apple products. For more information about how to do this, please visit the DigiLocal website.

 

If you are in need of a laptop, visit Bristol Computer Reuse to fill in an application form.

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