New parents' group ensures children can learn at home

Child using computer
Friday, 5 March, 2021

At least 7000 children in Redbridge have been unable to access their online school work because they do not have access to a suitable device or internet connection. Our local council is aiming to provide devices but there is still an enormous need for more.

Redbridge for Education are a group of local parents who have been working together during the pandemic to support families and their concerns around their children’s education during this time. They have organised public meetings and signposted support, as well as having offered information and advice ourselves.

They have been particularly concerned with remote learning issues for some time and decided that we may be able to contribute. As members of the community we know that there are many local people and businesses, as well as larger companies, who are more than willing to pitch in and help, if only they were asked and had a conduit to do so. Redbridge For Education has set up Red4Ed Tech Community Interest Company in order to be that conduit. We are all volunteers and simply pass on the much needed technology.

Redbridge for Education have donated 20 laptops to 4 Redbridge schools in just over a month since our conception and have just piloted an exciting new project. We are taking donations of used equipment so far including laptops, tablets, desktops, kindles and even mobile phones to reuse or recycle to raise funds for our cause. Even devices which are no longer working can be utilised with our method.

The group know they can make a difference to the children in our borough, so if you are able to help by supplying any devices, please do get in touch. Alternatively if you would prefer to donate to their fundraising page, the link is here.

You can contact the group at redbridgeforeducation@gmail.com.

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