Since schools closed in March, families in some of the most deprived areas have been hit the hardest, as the digital divide opened up between the haves and the have nots.
In many cases, children who are homeschooled during the pandemic have been sharing a mobile phone to carry out their homework, whilst schools struggle to get the government grants they desperately need for their classroom IT equipment.
To help combat the issue, Garland UK paired up with a local Bristol based school, Avonmouth Primary, to donate our surplus laptops, desktops and IT accessories. In desperate need of more IT equipment to help their students study at home and the classroom, Avonmouth Primary was thrilled that we were on hand to help!
Spreading the word throughout the Garland offices and Regional Technical Managers out on the road, the company pulled together to have a look at home and dig out any laptops, tablets and equipment that could be donated to the cause.
With a big box of newly refurbished laptops in tow, the Garland Gadgets were delivered to the School Business Manager, Jackie Hall and Head Mistress Jess Peach, who were delighted with the donation and looking forward to putting the IT equipment to good use straight away.
Jess Peach adds, “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity that you have shown donating the laptops to Avonmouth C of E Primary School. These will enable so many more pupils to access both their online classroom and more importantly the live sessions so that they are able to communicate with their friends and teachers. We would like to thank you all very much for supporting our community in this way.”
Keen to support our local community and the Avonmouth Primary School further, Garland UK Managing Director, Tim Jones, adds
“It is so important to help keep children learning during this challenging time. This donation is just the beginning of our growing relationship at this brilliant school, where we truly value the importance of community support and how we can make a difference to the local area.”
As we look ahead to more exciting initiatives, from those that support local organisations and those further afield, to the environmental and sustainable impact of our business, we are proud to make a difference and say that there is more to come from Garland UK.