Tech Firm Announces Pilot Programme to Give the Gift of Connectivity

Tech company yboo to launch a new programme helping children get connected to online educational resources.

Technology firm, yboo, has announced an educational pilot programme commencing in Honley High school to enhance educational opportunities and bridge the nations digital skills gap by gifting children with the resources to stay connected.

In 2018, 1 in 10 households still have no access to the internet with affordability being cited as the main factor (according to the ONS Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2018 report) and as online studying at all levels is growing to become the main educational resource, it is correct to question whether having access to the internet is a right.

As Megan Markle recently stated in her most recent royal tour speech, “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive”. yboo strongly believes that in an era where google scholar is used as the main research tool as opposed to books, connection to the internet at home is VITAL for educational development.

With this in mind, yboo have launched the Give the Gift of Connectivity programme in Honley High school with plans to branching out nationwide in 2019. yboo will donate laptops and Huawei MiFi routers which will allow a child to connect to the internet off campus.

yboo, which provides a free app to monitor a user’s mobile phone signal strength where they work live, work and hangout, has utilised their technology to identify GiffGaff as having the strongest signal strength in the area of the pilot school, resulting in GiffGaff SIM cards being installed in the MiFi devices.

The school will be able to loan the devices to children throughout the school year who require access to connectivity. The aim of the programme is to enhance a pupil’s learning experience and increase their confidence in the use of technology.

yboo also encourages safe internet usage and will also support the school with technical setup and safeguarding.

Mrs Lord, Deputy Head at Honley High School said; “We understand the importance of connectivity and safe online access for students in completing their work in today’s society. We’re delighted to have the opportunity, working with yboo, of obtaining a bookable resource, that will allow students to safely access a world of information to help them complete online research and project work”.

Commenting on the pilot programme, yboo’s Campaign Manager, Keely Robinson, said: “yboo is deeply rooted in providing children with the same opportunities that those in our company have. Without access to online resources and the opportunity to develop digital skills, our company wouldn’t even exist. We need to support the next generation in helping them gain the skills required to provide them with a successful future whilst addressing the much talked about digital skills gap. We want children to have the opportunity to become to the next Founder of a big tech company”.

 

To involve your school or if you are interested in supporting the project, contact Keely Robinson via email kr@yboo.co.uk

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