Richard Thomson, SNP MP for Gordon, has welcomed the announcement that Asda working with Dell Technologies will donate 7,000 laptops to schools across the UK in a bid to tackle digital exclusion.
10 laptop bundles will be donated to Dyce Academy, The Gordon Schools in Huntly and Scotstown Primary. Each bundle includes a headset and a mobile internet dongle, together with 20gb data allowance funded by the Asda Foundation.
According to Ofcom, around 9% of children in the UK - between 1.1million and 1.8million - do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home.
Commenting, Mr Thomson said: “Through the pandemic, the importance of access to technology has been highlighted as a significant barrier to home learning.
“Sadly there are still some pupils who do not have access to suitable devices or reliable and affordable at home. I very much welcome this donation from Asda to help overcome the ‘digital divide’ and ensure families in our communities are not left without.”