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Firms urged to help appeal to support children learning from home


Kieran Harding, managing director of BITC

Kieran Harding, managing director of BITC

Kieran Harding, managing director of BITC

Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITC) is asking companies to help its appeal for resources like hardware and digital skills support to benefit young people learning from home.

The digital donation appeal is aimed at assisting the tens of thousands of children here who do not have adequate provision in broadband and equipment for home learning.

Ofcom estimates that about 9% of children in the UK - between 1.1 million and 1.8 million - do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home.

In Northern Ireland, this could amount to as many as 30,000 young people.

Last week, an assistant principal at Belfast Model School for Girls in north Belfast said around 30% of its pupils were accessing lessons by phone.

ww, managing director of BITC, said: "We are asking for businesses to help young people, the workforce of our future, to get the digital access they deserve. By donating devices, data usage or volunteering their time for digital skills support, businesses are making learning from home less of a struggle for families going through a challenging time."

Many firms had already pledged their support but he said more help was needed. Business can donate cash and devices or encourage staff to volunteer.

Mr Harding added: "The impacts of this time will affect children, families and the economy for years to come, but we can all do something to help now."

Belfast Telegraph