Camden closer to ending ‘digital divide’ for pupils as Crowdfunder raises over £34k

In just over two weeks, donations from over 150 supporters have meant that Camden Learning’s Digital Divide Crowdfunder has reached over £34,400, which will go towards buying vital IT equipment for Camden’s most disadvantaged students.

On 23 September, Camden Learning launched its first-ever Crowdfunder to raise money to ensure the thousands of children without access to a laptop in the borough can have their own device to be able to learn and complete school work at home.

Last term, more than 3,000 Camden pupils were without access to a computer and, unless the money is raised to buy them digital kit to learn at home, many of these children and young people will again be denied the online learning they desperately need if they are sent home due to coronavirus cases in their school or there is a local lockdown.

To support these pupils, Camden Learning is asking as many people as possible to support the Crowdfunder to end the digital divide for the borough’s most disadvantaged pupils and ensure these pupils can keep up with their studies. Every £227 raised is enough to buy a computer for a pupil in Camden. 

Cllr Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Children and Families and Board Member for Camden Learning
A huge thank you to all those who have donated to our Digital Divide campaign – the support has been incredible so far and will make a real difference to so many young lives. Each donation gets us one step closer to ensuring we can provide the equipment for all children and young people who need them to keep learning and ensure they receive the education they deserve to help them now and in the future. Please continue sharing and donating what you can and together we can end the digital divide for pupils in Camden.
Cllr Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Children and Families and Board Member for Camden Learning

Given the increasing reliance on online learning, there is a risk the Digital Divide could widen the attainment gap for disadvantaged young people. That’s why Camden Learning and local schools are determined to do everything they can to get as many computers as possible for the pupils who need them, not only now but also to enhance their access to online learning at home throughout their education in Camden.

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