|Many schools across the North were disproportionately affected by school closures pre-Christmas, meaning children here – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – have an even bigger hill to climb when it comes to catch-up.
According to new analysis from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, at least 55,000 families in the North East do not have access to a laptop, tablet or desktop computer with fears many children could fall behind with their education.
With schools closed again for many learners, we’re now in a race against the clock to provide the necessary technology to all children to ensure that remote learning can take place. Too many children in the North East will need to attend school in person, because they do not have the digital devices necessary to learn from home, placing an even greater burden on schools and increasing the risk of the virus spreading even more widely.
The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust is supporting this initiative led by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership with partners at Northumbrian Water, The Chronicle Newspaper, Rebuyer and WANdisco to launch Laptops for Kids North East.
Building on the fantastic campaign already underway in Sheffield, we’re asking businesses across the North East region to donate unused laptops, PCs, tablets and chargers, which will then be professionally wiped before they are distributed out to families in need.
To learn more and find out how to donate visit www.ltfk.co.uk/northeast
NUST Board member Linda Bush is also working with her local grass roots football club to collect laptops for the North Tyneside Covid response team. Please contact her on email@example.com for more information.