PUPILS at a secondary school in Malawi, Africa, are learning ICT skills for the first time thanks to a donation of reconditioned computers by a Teesside housing association.
Thirteen, based in Middlesbrough, donated 54 old PCs and laptops to the Edinburgh-based Turing Trust last year so that they might be recycled rather than sent to landfill. The machines were shipped to the African nation, where they have found a new home at Livingstonia Community Day Secondary School, offering an additional 1,154 Malawian students the opportunity to learn IT skills.
“The support of organisations like Thirteen makes a huge difference to the lives of young people,” said James Turing, founder and chief executive of the Turing Trust. “Just this one donation means that students at Livingstonia Community Day Secondary School are now learning vital digital skills for the first time. We look forward to continuing to work with Thirteen so that old PCs, laptops, peripherals and phones can be reused and put to good use through our work in the UK and Africa.”
In addition to offering educational opportunities to the youngsters, the Turing Trust also monitors the environmental impact of donating the computers rather than them ending up in landfill.
Thirteen’s donation 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.
“We’re delighted to be working with The Turing Trust and it was heart-warming to see images of the students using our old equipment to boost their education,” said Hassan Bahrani, Thirteen’s networks, infrastructure and mobile services implementation manager. “Not only is recycling the equipment providing opportunities for young people who might not otherwise have access to digital skills, but it has positive environmental benefits too.”
To date, the charity has reused more than 4,200 PCs donated by a variety of organisations, enabling more than 41,000 students to gain a digital education.
All the data on Thirteen’s donated equipment was destroyed to The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) standards.
Main Image: Students in Malawi are learning IT skills thanks to donated laptops and PCs.