Camden Crowdfunder to end the ‘digital divide’ for students hits £50k target

Thanks to the incredible support from Camden’s communities, a Crowdfunder launched to end the ‘digital divide’ for pupils has gone beyond its £50,000 target – but, with less than one week to go, donations are still welcome to help even more children in the borough.

Five weeks ago Camden Learning launched its first-ever Crowdfunder to raise money to buy laptops and WiFi routers for the 3,000 children and young people who need them to learn online and complete schoolwork at home.

Donations from 260 people, businesses and community groups have meant the Crowdfunder has raised over £50,900, which will go towards buying IT equipment for Camden’s most disadvantaged students.

Every £227 raised is enough to buy a computer for a pupil in Camden and, with four days to go until the Crowdfunder ends, Camden Learning is asking residents to continue donating and sharing to support as many children and young people as possible.

Given the initial success of the campaign, Camden Learning has already placed an initial order for 150 computers which children and young people will start to receive next month.

Cllr Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Children and Families and Board Member for Camden Learning
The support for this Crowdfunder has been incredible and highlighted the amazing community spirit we have here in Camden. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and shared the campaign - this support has enabled us to reach our target in five weeks.

The digital divide is unfortunately affecting some of our most disadvantaged students and, if we don’t take action, we risk these pupils falling behind, jeopardising their futures. This money will be able to ensure our young people have the equipment they need to succeed and have the best start in life.

There less than one week left to donate, so please continue sharing and donating what you can and together we can end the digital divide for good 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.

Camden’s mission to end the ‘digital divide’ does not stop with the Crowdfunder and the Council alongside Camden Learning are continuing to build on this vital work to ensure no child is left behind. More information on this will be announced soon.

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