Laptops for Children - Digital Drive Campaign activity update.
To date, the partnership - between Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridge 2030, Library Services, Cambridgeshire Digital Partnership and the Cambridge Culture Foundation - has received the following donations:
Laptop donations: Total of 352 laptops donated to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough libraries and drop-in centres.
Financial donations: Total of £567,845. This is made up of business/individual donations, and Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council funding. The majority of the financial donations are for ring-fenced to Peterborough and, in some cases, to specific schools or wards.
£130,000 of the funding was secured by the Director of Education (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough) specifically to support our maintained schools to increase the number of laptops available to children in the two authorities. This is sufficient to purchase 400 Windows laptops and cover the distribution costs.
The first batch of new laptops, Chromebooks and 4G routers will be distributed to schools in the week commencing 22nd February.
We have created an online system whereby businesses, other public bodies and individuals can make a financial donation in a fast, secure way. We have also set up a dedicated inbox to manage any enquiries: LaptopsForChildren@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.
We are also working with the Cambs Youth Panel which specialise in the recycling/reformatting of old laptops which are now beginning to be distributed to schools.
Our target is to continue to secure sufficient funding to ensure that every child and young person in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has both the equipment and access to broadband that they need to maintain continuity of their learning and education in their homes.
Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 10:17 by Kim Loader