1 May 2020

Laptop gifts fill learning gap

Laptops are being diverted from landfill into the hands of students, under a pioneering scheme in the South East.

The ‘This Is IT’ program aims to donate 1000 re-purposed laptops to secondary school students who don’t own a computer in Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.

On 8 February, organisers are set to present the first 120 laptops – donated by businesses and councils in the region.

Laptops are regarded as an educational necessity, yet up to 6000 secondary students in the South East don’t own one.

A secondary principal said the scheme was a “game changer for the students lucky enough to be a recipient of a laptop”.

“Schools are trying to prepare their students for the future. This is extremely difficult when students do not have access to the tools they require.”

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Students collecting their new laptops