Asda serving up laptops to schools

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Asda has announced it is working with Dell Technologies to provide 170 laptops to schools across Northern Ireland to help children who are at risk of falling behind in their education because they do not have the technology to take part in online lessons during lockdown.

The supermarket has formed a partnership with technology provider Dell and is investing £2m so that every Asda store in the UK can donate at least 10 laptops to a school in need in their local community. Asda will donate 7,000 laptops to schools nationally, this includes 170 in NI. Each laptop comes with a tech bundle that includes a headset and a mobile internet dongle with a data allowance of 20gb from Asda’s network partner Vodafone. The dongle and data allowance has been funded by a separate £500,000 contribution from the retailer’s charity arm, The Asda Foundation. Laptops will also include a one-year warranty technical support.

Each Asda store in Northern Ireland will nominate a nearby primary or secondary school with a large proportion of families struggling to support home learning.

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Schools will be identified by the store’s Community Champions based on their existing partnerships through their community outreach programme. Asda’s Better Communities team will then review nominations using Government benchmarking data to ensure laptops are going to schools with the greatest need. Asda, working closely with Dell Technologies, expect to deliver the first shipment of laptops directly to schools this month with the remainder to follow in March.