Call for tech donations to tackle digital divide in students

Arlen at Tiverton Primary School digital divide

Arlen at Tiverton Primary School receiving a laptop. - Credit: Resham Mirza

Organisations have urged residents to donate their unwanted tech as part of a drive in Islington this weekend to help students who don’t have resources to learn from home.

Isington North MP Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed the event, Donate Your Tech, which will be run by Community Laptops and Highbury Mutual Aid.

They will be collecting unwanted devices at Elizabeth House Community Centre in Highbury on Saturday in an attempt to tackle the digital divide in online education.

Co-founder of Community Laptops, Mindy Jhakra, said that “suddenly there is more attention to the issue” since the start of the third lockdown.

She also said the areas surrounding Islington are “struggling in lots of ways” - Tiverton Primary School in Tottenham had 185 children without computer access at home.

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Although Community Laptops is “Islington-led”, it has expanded across the nation. Mindy said the “benefits are going to be felt nationwide”.

People can support Community Laptops with a device or by donating. Find out more at

The Highbury donation event will take place from 11am to 6pm tomorrow. 

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