The Business Travel Association (BTA) has launched a new scheme to donate learning technology to students who need it most.
The BTA has partnered with Business2Schools, which provides pre-owned PCs, furniture and other vital amenities to children in UK primary and secondary schools.
The association is calling on travel businesses to offer their used technology and equipment – more details available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations are now more crucial than ever before, as research estimates between 1.1 million and 1.8 million children in the UK (more than 9%) do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home.
BTA chief executive Clive Wratten said: “The BTA is delighted to be partnering with Business2Schools to give them the fundamental support they deserve. We have always sought to nurture the talent of our future generation, and this has never felt more important than now.
“We are really hoping that the business travel industry can make one of the biggest combined donations to this amazing charity as we all come together in the fight against Covid-19.”
Lindsey Parslow, chief executive of Business2Schools, added: “As the third national lockdown continues, there are increasing fears pupils and schools will be left laptop-less, putting their education at severe risk.
“That is why we are thrilled to be working in tandem with the BTA, to give pupils the crucial equipment they need throughout these difficult and unprecedented times. Together we can make an ethical and positive contribution to schools, creating better opportunities in the future for children in the UK.”