Communities and schools in sub-Saharan Africa are set to benefit from used computer equipment through a partnership between the Scottish Government and the Turing Trust.
Equipment including computers, mobile phones and tablets will be distributed among education projects and schools in Malawi, Ghana and Liberia through the partnership.
Although still usable, much of the equipment is no longer suitable for corporate use within the Government. Holyrood operates a policy to refresh devices every four or five years to ensure it runs on up-to-date software and operating systems.
In addition to providing vital tech for disadvantaged communities, the programme helps offset carbon emissions through the reuse of equipment.
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The Turing Trust, which was co-founded by Alan Turing’s great-nephew, James Turing, has reused more than 69 tonnes of waste so far and recently took delivery of the first 100 computers, mice and keyboards.
Commenting on the initiative, Turing said: “I’m really excited to be working with the Scottish Government. These donations will significantly improve the lives and learning outcomes of children, adult students and teachers in Africa.
“Being able to reuse this equipment means that we’ll be offsetting significant carbon emissions, meaning this donation is good for both people and the planet.”
The charity currently receives support from the Scottish Government and was awarded £60,000 in International Small Grants Programme Funding earlier this year to provide computer training for teachers in Malawi.
Funding for the training initiative will help ensure teachers have the necessary skills and resources to teach digital literacy to 9,000 girls in Malawi. To date, the Trust has provided more than 4,250 computers to hundreds of schools and trained upwards of 500 teachers.
Ben Macpherson, international development minister at the Scottish Government, said: “This is an excellent partnership, which showcases the Scottish Government’s dedication to good global citizenship, improving digital literacy and developing the circular economy.
“By donating these computers we will help hundreds of teachers and thousands of children and adult students in Africa to develop their computer skills and their career prospects as a result.
“What’s more, we will be extending the useful life of Scottish Government computer equipment by recycling materials, offsetting carbon emissions and ensuring that it does not go to landfill.”