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Laptops4Learners gives the tools disadvantaged students need to succeed
4 August 2020
The impacts of the pandemic have been wholesale and the further education sector is no exception. Students and teachers have had to adapt quickly to classes online, something that has disproportionately affected those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
At Capital City College Group (CCCG), this emerging digital divide becomes clear as two thirds of our students come from the bottom three bands of social deprivation and some living in the most deprived wards in the country. One third have to share a computer with their family and more than a quarter access online lessons through mobile phones. Nearly one in ten have no computer technology at all.
Many more students will be starting in September and online learning is set to continue either fully or through blended methods. In anticipation of this, we’ve launched our Laptops4Learners campaign. We are calling on businesses and the community to donate 2,500 laptops and raise £250,000 to buy equipment for disadvantaged students.
It’s not just about giving students the tools to learn, but also about ensuring they have the skills to succeed in an increasingly digital job market, with Government estimating that 90% of jobs will require digital skills in the next 10 – 20 years.
As London’s largest college group, CCCG has 29,000 students enrolled across three colleges – City and lslington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London – and apprenticeship provider Capital City College Training.
We’ve already provided more than £186,000 to help 577 learners purchase laptops and 3,500 get more mobile data and better internet access since the start of the pandemic.
Many students have told us how they had to type up assignments and do research on their phone, but having a laptop has given them more freedom to learn, progress their education and even try to improve results by getting a chance to redo course work.
We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but we know that there are many more who need our help. With your support we can help more of our learners, so they learn effectively online and gain the skills and qualifications to take the next step into higher education or their chosen career.
How can I get involved?
Find more information on the campaign website here.
You can make financial donations directly using our JustGiving page.
Don’t forget to also show support on social media with the #Laptops4Learners hashtag.
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