Leicestershire children to receive new laptops as part of £ 30,000 grant

Pictured above: Learn-AT with laptops

Submitted by Chris Mortley

A Leicester charity recently awarded a grant of £ 30,000 to purchase 158 laptops for the children of Leicestershire.

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity gave the grant to the Learn Academies Trust (Learn-AT) to help local children learn at home during the lockdown.

Following a call to local organizations, Learn-AT recently took delivery of the new laptops.

The Trust expressed its gratitude to the many members of the local community who donated old devices.

After reading the trust’s appeal in the local press, the chairman of the board of the charity Sir Thomas White Loan, David Howard, reached out to Learn-AT to learn more about the importance of computers. portable.

David said: “We are delighted to provide a grant to Learn-AT, which we are confident will have an extremely positive impact on a number of children during these difficult times.

“Like many, everyone in the association praises the way teachers and children have adapted to distance teaching or learning. With the funds available, we felt it was right to do something. to ensure that as many children as possible have access to technology. “

Over 90 devices have been donated to Learn-AT by individuals and businesses, and these are being refurbished and distributed to families in need.

Members of the Market Harborough 41 Club, including Emkat Solutions, Duncan Murray Wines and individuals, also donated laptops and generous cash donations to support the campaign.

As a result, Learn-AT now has enough devices to support every child who needs them. As soon as they are no longer needed for distance learning, laptops will be shared between Learn-AT schools.

They will be a valuable resource in supporting learning in school and ensuring that children have the digital skills they need for the future and in case this situation happens again.

About 70% of children in Learn-AT schools have been learning at home since January 5 and will continue to do so until at least March 8.

Schools use a combination of national resources, such as those provided by the Oak National Academy and the BBC, and independent activities.

Teachers also provide daily online interaction with students and teach using the secure Microsoft Teams platform.

Stef Edwards, Trust Manager for Learn-AT, said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and members of our community who have contributed to our campaign.

“Being able to provide every child with access to a device is a big step forward in our efforts to ensure that all children stay in touch with their teachers and friends. “

Each child’s day is carefully structured to ensure they are engaged and motivated to continue their learning while staying safe at home.

Stef said: “It means teachers can keep children engaged in learning until we can finally welcome them all to the school they belong to.”

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