Dixons Carphone has pledged £1 million to support disadvantaged school children and “tackle the digital divide in education”.
The technology retailer has become the latest company to offer its support to teachers, parents and pupils struggling with home education as schools remain shut indefinitely across the UK.
Dixons Carphone said it will donate £1 million to the Learning Foundation’s Digital Access For All (DAFA) programme, which was founded by Intel, Microsoft, BT and Lloyds Bank.
Alongside the donation, which will also be used to equip 1000 teachers and teaching assistants with technology to help with remote teaching, Dixons Carphone will offer its expertise in technology trade-in and repair services.
It has also become a founding member of the Digital Poverty Alliance, aiming to help tackle digital poverty for disadvantaged children.
The announcement follows a damning report published yesterday by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, suggesting each student could lose a total of £40,000 in lifetime earnings because of lost school time.
It comes after supermarket Asda partnered with Dell Technologies to donate 7000 laptops and £2 million to help tackle digital poverty in the UK.
“Our business exists to help everyone enjoy amazing technology,” Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock said.
“We’re already helping thousands of older people to digitally connect through our partnership with Age UK and now we’re stepping up to tackle the digital divide in education.
“Supporting teachers is our first priority as part of this pledge. Teachers are among the heroes of the pandemic and many are struggling with getting the most out of technology and remote learning.
“We will work with Digital Access For All and the Digital Poverty Alliance to develop solutions to eradicate this problem. With our scale, award-winning recycling and reuse operations, significant presence in the community and the help of 22,000 expert UK colleagues, we are confident we can make a difference.”