Team Effort to Help Tackle Digital Poverty
As proud advocates of building a sustainable world for all, we were delighted to lend our support to a nationwide digital recycling scheme.
In conjunction with our IT Support Provider, Mother Technologies, and together with St Margaret’s School for Girls and Albyn School, we have donated more than 280 pieces of IT equipment over the last month to a national charity involved in digital reuse.
The IT recycling initiative is run by The Edinburgh Remakery, which repairs and refurbishes old electronics to offer back to the community to help fight digital poverty in Scotland.
Thanks to the support of Mother Technologies, we are helping tackle rising levels of digital poverty and social isolation among disadvantaged communities.
The Social Enterprise’s free IT Disposal Service for Businesses was officially established in 2020 in response to the growing need for convenient and secure IT disposal avenues. The project offers businesses and individuals the means to pass on a host of unwanted electronics such as smart phones, laptops, PCs and tablets, in an environmentally friendly way which prevents these items from going to waste.
Mother Technologies Head of Business Development, Alex Ferguson, explains why it’s more important than ever to close the digital poverty gap: “There is much more of an awareness of digital poverty in a post-pandemic Scotland.
“Digital skills are essential in most lines of work and changes in the way we live and work post lockdown means that access to technology is increasingly important.
“Mother Technologies is committed to helping address the digital divide and we are proud to be supporting this fantastic initiative by the Edinburgh Remakery, who have done a wonderful job of launching this scheme to ensure every person in Scotland has adequate digital access.”
Commenting on the news, our Head of School Nick Little said: “We are proud to be involved with The Edinburgh Remakery’s initiative to tackle digital poverty in Scotland. The Social Enterprise is built on the principles of sustainability and learning, matching our school’s vision for a greener future by pushing us towards a zero-waste approach.
“ISA believes in every child, every opportunity, and we are delighted to continue our collaboration with The Edinburgh Remakery as we strive to create a more sustainable community for all.”
Anna Tomlinson, Head Teacher for St Margaret’s School for Girls, said: “St Margaret’s School for Girls is thrilled to be taking part in such a fantastic initiative to help provide a better and fairer education to children, whilst setting an example of sustainable practice.
“At St Margaret's School for Girls we are strong believers that every child should have access to the appropriate educational tools in order to maximise their potential and broaden their minds. We hope that other schools, places of work and individuals are able to donate where they can and help support the young minds of the future.”
Stefan Horsman, Headmaster at Albyn School, commented: “I’m delighted that Albyn School is involved in this sustainable and community-based initiative. The upcoming COP26 Conference reminds us that we live on a finite planet and that by repurposing our unused electronics in this way we are making a clear contribution to a more sustainable world.
“I would urge everyone here at Albyn and in the wider community to get involved as so many of us have unwanted electronics lying around at home.”
The Edinburgh Remakery uses government-approved software that securely wipes any data from donated equipment to ensure it is all non-retrievable and allows items to be easily reused.
According to a recent report by innovation agency Nesta, one in seven adults in Scotland are experiencing digital poverty. The research revealed that more than 620,000 adults in Scotland, or 14% of the adult population, do not have access to sufficient mobile or broadband data to meet their essential needs.
Elaine Brown, CEO of The Edinburgh Remakery: “Our free IT Disposal Service and IT donation drop-off points continue to grow and offer a much needed secure and sustainable way for old electronics to be passed on and reused.
“We are hugely grateful to International School Aberdeen, Albyn School, and St Margaret’s School for Girls, who have each donated a range of surplus IT equipment to us, for supporting our mission to end digital poverty in Scotland while keeping old and unused electronics out of landfill.
“We thank them for lending their loyal and generous support to us, and hope this is the start of many more educational bodies taking action to support their communities and embed sustainable practices within their institutions in this way.” For more information visit www.edinburghremakery.org.uk