Published Thursday, 11 March 2021
Teams across the Council have been working hard to prepare 150 laptops for vulnerable learners in primary schools across the city to assist with their education.
A deal has also been made with Olive Communications to provide children with internet access at a very low cost for six months.
Council officers from Education, and ICT and digital have rebuilt and cleaned the devices over the last few weeks and they will be gifted out to schools from this Friday (12 March).
Along with the refreshed laptops there are also 100 Windows phones containing unlimited data sims valid until 30 June 2021 which will also help access to web content. All devices have web filtering applied.
Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said,” This scheme is a great way of recycling good quality IT equipment that has been updated and will be of great benefit to children who may not have access to the computer equipment and internet access at home.”
Primary schools across the city have been asked to request the equipment if they think they have children who will benefit from access to these devices.
Councillor Gavin Lloyd, Deputy Cabinet Member for City Services, added: “This is a great way to help improve learning for primary school children. It also highlights the need for Council colleagues who use laptops as part of their job to look after these pieces of equipment so they are still in good working order when they are ready to be refurbished and given a new lease of life in fantastic schemes such as this.”
To help with the handing out and collection of the equipment Tesco has kindly provided 250 bags for life to make life easier for both the schools and children when collecting and handing out these devices.
Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, added: ”These pieces of IT equipment will make such a difference to children’s lives.
“We are doing our best in Coventry to make sure children have equal opportunities throughout their education and this is another scheme to increase access for more children.”
The IT teams usually run schemes donating Council equipment to good causes twice a year.