Have you unused laptops for TECH2STUDENTS?

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In response to the need being experienced by many students in DEIS schools, Trinity Access (TCD) and Camara Education Ireland, in partnership with the ESB have launched a campaign to source laptops to give out to Leaving Cert students in need.

TECH2STUDENTS:

How Does It work?

Volunteers from our partner, ESB will collect the laptop from your door adhering to government-approved social distancing protocols. Camara Ireland and TCD volunteer engineers will restore the laptop to factory settings, securely wipe all data from the hard drive. A fresh operating system will be installed and ESB will then deliver the refurbished laptops directly to students allowing them to power on with their studies.

Who is getting the laptops?

Leaving Cert students are the priority. This group have connected with 19 DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) schools in Dublin to launch this campaign. Their overall goal is to get Tech2Students operational across Ireland to assist all those Leaving Cert , and other, DEIS students who urgently need technology at this crucial time in their education.

Facts:

There are over 180,000 students attending DEIS schools in Ireland. DEIS schools attract additional state supports because of established characteristics indicating social and educational disadvantage. 86% of households in Ireland have internet access, but just 56% of 16-29 year old’s have accessed the internet through a laptop in their homes. Progression rates to further and higher education for students in DEIS schools are traditionally significantly lower than non-DEIS. For example students from the most affluent parts of Dublin are up to 14 times more likely to progress to university than their counterparts from some schools in the city’s most disadvantaged areas

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