Thirteen turns to Turing Trust to put old PCs to educational use in Malawi

A housing provider’s old PCs are set to help schoolchildren in Africa get the most out of their education.

Thirteen has donated 54 old machines to The Turing Trust, which supports education in sub-Saharan Africa by re-using computers and improving teacher training using ICT.

The computers will be shipped to Malawi, where they are expected to give 1,154 students the opportunity to learn vital IT skills.

All the data on the equipment is destroyed to The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) standards.

In addition to helping the youngsters, the charity monitors the environmental impact of donating the computers, rather than them ending up in landfill as is often the case.

Thirteen’s donation is said to have offset 31 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 78 trees, or offsetting the annual carbon footprint of three people in the UK.

The organisation said it will continue to work with the charity to enable its old PCs, laptops, peripherals and phones to be reused and put to good use.

The charity has so far reused more than 4,200 PCs enabling more than 41,000 students to gain a digital education.

Hassan Bahrani, Thirteen’s networks, infrastructure and mobile service implementation manager, said the organisation was “delighted” to be working with The Turing Trust.

“We have disposed of our decommissioned IT equipment over the years to companies which provide us with a data destruction certificate, but we don’t really know what happens to the hardware,” he added. “I was introduced to The Turing Trust and they carried out an audit of the equipment we wished to dispose of, and we were delighted that 54 PCs were suitable for reusing.

“There are lots of good reasons to recycling equipment in this way; the opportunities it provides to young people who might not otherwise have access to digital skills and the positive green benefits it has.”

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