In partnership with SoPro and Tarner Community Project, we are urging local businesses to support our campaign to ensure that school children across Brighton & Hove have access to a laptop at home.
Midnight Communications, a Brighton-based PR company, are the latest organisation to support to appeal by funding the refurbishment of 10 Windows laptops for the Bilingual Primary School in Hove. The devices, which have been collected from residents and businesses as part of the Level Up Laptops appeal and RevaluElectricals service, will be used to support increased digital learning.
Midnight Joint Managing Director, Alex Hankinson, said: “Schools may be going back on the 8th of March but the direction of travel for learning is clearly digital and it’s vital that children have access to laptops of their own when they go home."
“Lots of schools ask children to use websites such as TTRockstars for their times tables and Purple Mash for reading and comprehension or for coding. It shows that children need digital devices now and in the future. Many of us take having that kind of equipment for granted but there’s a digital divide emerging for those who cannot access them, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. We hope other businesses across Sussex will also support what is a fantastic initiative.”
Midnight and Level Up Laptops believe there are hundreds of companies across Sussex with old or unused computers stashed away in drawers and cupboards.
“It’s a waste of technology and potentially a data threat, too,” added Alex.
“Erasing those laptops of information and donating them to schools is good for the businesses, good for the environment and good for pupils.”
Businesses can also donate money to help the Level Up Laptop appeal buy new IT equipment or fund the refurbishment of donated devices for schools - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leveluplaptops
Simon King, Headteacher at Bilingual Primary School, added, “During recent Lockdowns, we have seen the power of online learning, which we hope to build on now that children are back in school. These laptops will help to ensure that all children have access to the full breadth of our home learning opportunities."