Dixons Carphone commits £1 million to support digital learning
Dixons Carphone is to donate £1 million to support disadvantaged pupils, parents and teachers as part of a long-term commitment to help end digital poverty in the UK.
The owner of Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse is working with The Learning Foundation to give the funding to the charity’s Digital Access For All programme to support digital learning. The money will also be used equip 1,000 teachers and teaching assistants with the technology and other help they need to deliver home schooling to 30,000 disadvantaged pupils during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.
Alex Baldock, chief executive of Dixons Carphone, said: “Our business exists to help everyone enjoy amazing technology. We’re already helping thousands of older people to digitally connect through our partnership with Age UK and now we’re stepping up to tackle the digital divide in education.
“Supporting teachers is our first priority as part of this pledge. Teachers are among the heroes of the pandemic and many are struggling with getting the most out of technology and remote learning.”
The company will also become one of three founding partners in the Digital Poverty Alliance, a group of organisations brought together by DAFA and the Institution of Engineering and Technology to tackle digital poverty in the UK.
Baldock added: “We will work with Digital Access For All and the Digital Poverty Alliance to develop solutions to eradicate this problem. With our scale, award-winning recycling and reuse operations, significant presence in the community and the help of 22,000 expert UK colleagues, we are confident we can make a difference.”
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