Bridging the Digital Divide with Devices Dot Now. Supporting home learning for parents and children.
When Lockdown began and schools were closed, the dependency on technology for education increased beyond all comprehension, and where there is dependency on technology, there exists inequality.
The gap between those who have access to the latest technology and those who do not is called the ‘digital divide’. The digital divide is a global issue as well as a national issue. In the UK it is mostly due to the availability of technology and network coverage.
Lockdown has exacerbated the issue in the UK:
According to research carried out by Lloyds Bank, an estimated million children and young people do not have adequate access to devices or the internet at home.
Simply put, without intervention, millions of families across the UK will not be getting a proper education. That is why we are calling on our network of schools, parents and community groups to help.
Jam Coding is very proud to be working with the Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, on the DevicesDotNow initiative.
How does it work?
Via crowdfunding donations, Future Dot Now and Good Things Foundation have purchased laptops in bulk on a national level. Theses devices are being distributed through a network of community partners who specialise in supporting vulnerable people in our society.
As one of these community partners, Jam Coding are looking to distribute laptops, support and training to local households who are in need. It is important to understand that the laptop will include tuition for adults and children. From surfing the internet, setting up emails to word processing. The laptop will support home learning for all.
If you work with primary schools or community groups in your local area and know of any family who could benefit from a laptop then please get in touch and leave us a message, or, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about how you can contribute to DevicesDotNow and help protect and empower some of the most vulnerable households in the UK go to- www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-the-vulnerable-stay-connected