Ten laptops donated to Cabinteely Community School in new initiative

by Rachel Darcy

The Dún Laoghaire branch of the Social Democrats has delivered ten laptops to Cabinteely Community School last week as part of a new campaign.

The South Dublin school received the ten portable computers as part of Social Democrats’ ‘LaptopsForKids’ campaign, which aims to tackle the problem of digital exclusion in the community.

More computers set to be delivered to other schools in the coming weeks.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of schools across the country, however, many students do not have access to a laptop at home, leaving them at a significant disadvantage.

The LaptopsForKids scheme sees local members of the Social Democrats arrange for the collection of old or unused laptops from members of the public to local schools.

The volunteers then assess, clean and update the software of donated laptops to ensure they are in good working order, before delivering them directly to schools for distribution to their students.

Commenting on the initiative, Social Democrats Councillor Dave Quinn said: “The pandemic and the closure of schools have meant that many classes are now online, but unfortunately too many kids in our community don’t have access to a laptop at home.

“We wanted to ensure that these computers get to the children who need them so that no one gets left behind when it comes to online learning.”

Accepting the donation of ten laptops, Clare Garrihy, Principal of Cabinteely Community School, said: “Our students and parents have been on a steep learning curve in terms of digital learning since the first lockdown.

“The level of engagement in online learning has increased greatly in the current lockdown and we are delighted to be able to offer families the use of laptops to better access our blended learning approach to both live classes and online learning.”

If you have an old or unused laptop to donate, contact LaptopsForKids@socialdemocrats.ie to arrange a collection.

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