Dawn Punjab

UNITED SIKHS making fantastic donation :Pat McFadden MP

Dawn Punjab Bureau / Chandigarh / Wolverhampton, UK :  As technology continues to change the way we live and work there are serious concerns with the lack of technology available to children in poverty-stricken areas. The impact of COVID19 has brought this issue to the surface, as a generation of children has had difficulty studying from home due to not having a laptop or internet access.

UNITED SIKHS has connected with Wolves Tech Aid (Wolvestechaid.com) with the aim of improving the availability of digital education in homes in Wolverhampton. 25 laptop toolkits that consist of a laptop, notepad, stationery set, and sweets have been donated to Wolves Tech Aid by UNITED SIKHS. These toolkits will now be distributed to individuals and families in the area, who for various reasons, are not able to access education at home.

Pat McFadden MP, the founder of Wolves Tech Aid, said: “I’m enormously grateful to UNITED SIKHS for making this fantastic donation.  It is the biggest donation yet to Wolves Tech Aid.  It is really important that children don’t lose out on education because they don’t have the right equipment or a good WiFi connection at home.  Wolves Tech Aid was founded to help tackle the digital divide that exists and donations like this will make a big difference.”

Technology has become an essential part of our lives; it is vital that we are all connected digitally and safely. The idea of learning from home was a great initiative, however, this did not cater to certain families who are having to choose between food and education. By donating a computer, laptop, or tablet we are giving children who are currently without a device the chance to keep up with other students.

Sun Kaur of UNITED SIKHS said “the digital divide is a growing concern and we hope that the 25 laptops that have gone to underprivileged children will allow them to also flourish in their education. UNITED SIKHS prays that by providing these laptops to children, they are able to fulfill their dreams and head towards their dream jobs and careers.”

The laptops will be donated to local schools who will, in turn, give them to pupils in need. These devices will help pupils catch up on learning lost over the past year and are for children’s educational use in the future.

Alison Grennan, Headteacher of St Luke’s Primary School said “I’m really grateful to UNITED SIKHS and Wolves Tech Aid for these laptops. Technology has become a big part of learning and not all our children have the equipment they need.  We want to make sure no child loses out because they don’t have the right kit at home and these laptops will go a long way to making sure that is the case.”

Wolves Tech Aid, a partnership involving Wolverhampton City Council, Wolves FC Foundation and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce was founded earlier this year. Its aim is to ask local businesses and individuals to donate new or used laptops which will then be recycled for educational use.

You can also help children access home learning and allow them to catch up on the education they have missed. By giving these children opportunities, we are creating better futures for the society that we live in. Let’s tackle digital poverty, one laptop at a time!

DP Bureau
Author: DP Bureau

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