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Supporting disadvantaged children with their online learning

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The EverLearner launches a GoFundMe campaign to help disadvantaged children in the UK who are struggling to complete their online learning

the everlearnerIn early January, The EverLearner set up a £10k fund which teachers could apply to help their most disadvantaged children during the national lockdown. Within just one day the entirety of the fund had been distributed to teachers in need. Students need more help and teachers are desperate to help them, but the funds are not there. The digital divide is widening.

They’ve now set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising £50k for disadvantaged children in the UK who are struggling to complete their online learning. 

Not everyone has access to Edtech 

In the UK today there are still 1.8 million children without adequate electronic devices at home for learning, despite the government’s laptop scheme. Of those disadvantaged students, many do not have access to an internet connection.  

Access to devices and the internet is not the only challenge faced by students. Mobile data usage is yet another barrier. Whilst major phone companies are offering increased data packages, this is only offered to those with pay-monthly contracts. With the vast majority of children from less affluent areas having ‘pay as you go’ phones, the digital divide gets bigger. 

How you can help 

image/Schools are currently expected to offer high quality remote lessons with students completing three to five hours of learning each day, whether that be through online learning, live classes or using Edtech. That means, disadvantaged children are missing out. Intervention is needed now, otherwise there will be a devastating impact for a generation. 

To help, all you have to do is go to this GoFundMe page and donate. Even just £5 will help towards providing a device to a disadvantaged family and contribute to closing that ever-expanding digital divide.

How the fund works

The model is a very simple one. The money will be allocated directly to the classroom teacher who applies, they can then buy or invest in exactly what the individual students need. Everything is overseen by their headteacher via the school finance office. This is targeted intervention and will get straight to the heart of the issue that the student is experiencing.

The need for action is urgent  and it’s vital that students, irrespective of their socio-economic background, have access to high-quality education. If you can help, please visit the GoFundMe page and donate what you can.


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Published on: 19th January 2021

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