The new lockdown and restrictions means that schools across the UK are closed again, at least until February and potentially longer.

Adjusting to home-schooling is a challenge for all of us, but for many children and young people across the country, who don’t have access to the basic tech needed to connect and study from home, this shift could mean falling even further behind in an already disrupted year of education.

The statistics on the digital divide facing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are staggering. Data from Ofcom shows that as many as 1.8 million children do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home*. And many more young people, who do have access to digital devices at home, are having to share these with their families, for example with their siblings who are also home-schooling or their working parents.

We have an incredible community of people on Gumtree who want to waste less, share more and support their local area - so we’re calling on you all now to support young people and to donate your old devices to local schools who are in desperate need of laptops, monitors and printers to ensure that pupils can continue to safely access education.

Many charities and organisations across the UK have already set up ways for people to support and donate. So, whether you’ve recently upgraded your laptop, discovered an old computer during a New Year declutter or perhaps received some new tech for Christmas, why not donate your old devices to local schools in your area? As long as the device is still working and you’ve wiped all of your data off it (and it comes with a power cable / charger) schools will be grateful to receive it!

A great starting point is the Business2Schools website which has a list of schools across the country in need of donations (click the button above to be redirected to their website). #GiveALaptopToSchool #TechToTeach

Did You Know…

● About 9% of children in the UK – between 1.1 million and 1.8 million – do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home. Source: Ofcom*

● Four out of five schools with the poorest pupils do not have enough devices and internet access to ensure all those self-isolating can keep learning. Source: Teach First*

● Schools with the most affluent intakes are nearly three times (29%) more likely to use donations to pay for digital devices compared with schools with the poorest pupils (10%). Source: Teach First*

● Nearly three in four (73%) school leaders said they do not have enough digital devices and internet access to ensure all self-isolating pupils can keep learning. Source: Teach First*

*Source: Ofcom https://www.ofcom. org. uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0030/198138/tech-tracker-internet-and-device-access-children-data-tables.pdf

*Source: Teach First
https://www.teachfirst. org. uk/press-release/digital-divide

Clear your data

Always make sure you have deleted your data on your device before donating. Wiping your device will vary depending on type and manufacturer, so we advise you consult your user manual for the exact steps.