Why we must end the digital divide
Most Lewisham children are at home during this lockdown and we think about 2500 Lewisham pupils are still without access to a computer and about 500 of them without Wi-Fi. These pupils are not able to benefit fully from remote learning and at risk of falling behind their classmates. We think this is unacceptable so it is our ambition that no pupil or student in a Lewisham school should be without the equipment they need to access remote learning online. We want to raise at least £70,000 to buy them the digital kit they need to allow them to learn at home.
Our schools have been lending their pupils computers as well as doing their own fundraising and Lewisham Council has distributed computers provided by the government but these efforts have not been enough to end the inequality of access to online learning in our borough.
Given the increase in reliance on online learning we are concerned that the digital divide could widen the attainment gap for disadvantaged young people in Lewisham. We are determined to do everything we can to get as many computers as possible for the pupils who need them. This equipment will not only help them during the pandemic but will also enhance their learning at home through their education in Lewisham.
You can make a difference
Please support our crowdfunding campaign by donating now to help us buy equipment for children who need it. Every £227 we raise is enough to buy a computer for a Lewisham pupil and even a small donation of £5 or more will help us achieve our target.
All money raised will be spent on purchasing computer equipment and Wi-Fi for the pupils at Lewisham schools who need them. We will prioritise purchasing computers for pupils most in need this academic year with any surplus used to purchase computers for pupils who need them in subsequent academic years.