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#LaptopsForLearning receives huge boost thanks to global IT company

DXC Technology (NYSE:DXC), an international IT services company, has donated 50 laptops to schools in and around Cheltenham, in partnership with the No Child Left Behind charity and local IT specialist company Infrastar.

The donation was made through the #LaptopsForLearning programme in Cheltenham, supporting students with the right technology for remote learning.

To support the #LaptopsForLearning programme, DXC teams worked with IT Schools Africa, which reconditioned the used devices, equipping them with the latest programmes and security-certification.

Derek Allison, VP UK public sector, DXC Technology, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the No Child Left Behind and #LaptopsForLearning programmes, to help families ensure our children have the right equipment for home learning, supporting families in need.

"This collaboration with Cheltenham Borough Council is part of our wider DXC initiative to donate laptops to schools. We have already donated 1,000 refurbished laptops to local charities, schools and social enterprises across the UK."

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for safety and communities, said: "A huge thank you, what a wonderful gift by DXC Technology. It will help us to fight digital exclusion and enable many more children with their home and school learning. The children who receive these laptops through their schools will no doubt be delighted at having access to the kit they need to keep up with their fellow pupils.''

The scheme which launched in February 2021 has, to date, received over 130 laptops which have been donated to Cheltenham schools including:

• Battledown Centre for Children & Families

• Hester's Way Primary School

• Pittville School

• All Saints' Academy

• Christchurch Primary School

Dermot McNiffe, principal at All Saints' Academy, said: "We've been delighted to receive a delivery of refurbished iPads and laptops from #LaptopsForLearning, which is supported by so many in the local community. As Covid-19 continues, having access to this equipment makes a real difference to the way we can support our students with their learning in both the academy and at home.''

All local head teachers have been encouraged to sign up for the scheme to ensure that no child is left behind and that digital inclusion becomes stronger than ever, as Cheltenham sets out its stall to becoming cyber capital of the UK.

Over £30,000 has been raised so far, which will help students in the new academic year from September 2021.

For further information about the #LaptopsForLearning scheme, how to join, donate equipment or money please visit nclbcheltenham.org.uk/laptops-for-learning.

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