Digital poverty affects hundreds of thousands of families in the UK. This is just a small initiative to change things for families in East Kent.
Many families have more than one child and only one device. The government promised laptops for all children who couldn’t access the internet at home, but this has not materialised in the numbers needed. Nor have enough promised 4G hubs. Many children in the county are being left behind because families are not being given the support, including financial support, needed to connect to the learning opportunities being offered by their schools.
Kent-based writer and teacher Charlotte Cornell has set up Top Up To Teach to collect donations of laptops, keyboards and other IT equipment in the Whitstable and Canterbury area to redistribute to families who are struggling with home learning.