Therefore, I am very excited to announce the launch of The Digital Divide Fund, setup and managed by the charity Livery Schools Link. The fund has been setup to become the major fund to tackle the digital divide, with the ability to attract donations from Livery Companies, Guilds, businesses, individuals, and other funds.
The fund will enable us to be social venture capitalists – working with schools on the ground to help them scale up their provision of devices and connections for their most disadvantaged students.
In the first two weeks we have already raised over £30,000 from individuals making donations personally on our Virgin Money Giving page, combined with donations from eleven Livery Companies: The Bakers, Barbers, Basketmakers, Builders Merchants,Carmen, Chartered Surveyors, Fishmongers, Innholders, Insurers, Pattenmakers and Nurses.
We see what we are doing as standing in the gap of the efforts of government, businesses, and other charities in this space. If we can all work together closely and learn from each other, we will find the magic bullet solution that can one day ensure every student in education has a connected device and that no-one is left behind in the digital age.
Find out more about Livery Schools Link and The Digital Divide Fund here, including how to donate: https://liveryschoolslink.org.uk/the-digital-divide/