Vodafone giving free phone connection to 250,000 children in UK

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Vodafone giving free phone connection to 250,000 children in UK

Vodafone has announced that it will provide free connectivity to 250,000 children across the UK so they can access schoolwork from home, catch up on lost learning during school holidays and continue their education when they need to be isolated.

Vodafone schools.connected support – in the form of data SIMs – is available to elementary and secondary school children in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Schools can give the data SIMs to students who are having difficulty accessing education from home because they do not have the correct connectivity. Each SIM card has a data volume of 30 GB that is valid for 90 days. To order, visit: www.vodafone.co.uk/schoolsconnected.

The launch of this emergency kit comes after consulting school principals and educational institutions who report that many children have difficulty accessing education from home due to a lack of connectivity. For example, the Nottingham Schools Trust has already requested almost 2,000 SIM cards for children in 34 schools in the area.

Vodafone Schools affiliated with Dev Griffin @ Salusbury School

The need to keep children connected to education has never been more important. The National Foundation for Educational Research estimates that children in England are at least three months behind due to COVID-19 restrictions, with disadvantaged students being hardest hit. It is also reported that teachers in the most deprived schools (those with the highest percentage of students receiving free school meals) were more than three times more likely to say that their students were at least four months behind compared to those in more affluent schools .

Nick Jeffery, CEO of Vodafone UK, said: “Our focus during this crisis has been to keep the UK connected. We know that many hundreds of thousands of children in the UK do not have access to education from home because they do not have the right connectivity. This means that already disadvantaged children could fall further behind.

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Vodafone Schools affiliated with Dev Griffin @ Salusbury School

We want to help, which is why we have created this emergency aid package for 250,000 children and young people. We encourage schools to apply for the Vodafone schools.connected program as soon as possible. Together we can ensure that no child is left behind. “

Sarah Fielding, General Manager of the Nottingham Schools Trust, said: “While we have received government support for laptops and tablets, ensuring the necessary connectivity is a major challenge. We are thrilled to have the support of Vodafone schools.connected and believe that this free connectivity will have an extremely positive impact on the learning and future outcomes of some of our students most in need. “

James Turner, CEO of social mobility charity The Sutton Trust, said, “Our research showed that the digital divide – including the lack of internet connectivity – was one of the main factors affecting learning for disadvantaged students during school closings. This is a welcome initiative that will help thousands of children keep up with their schoolwork over the next several months. It is so important that every child has the necessary resources to continue their education and this program will help prevent many from falling further behind. “

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Vodafone Schools affiliated with Dev Griffin @ Salusbury School

Last week Vodafone had one new plan To help people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and renewed their offer of free unlimited data to all NHS staff by January 31, 2021.

Schools can apply for the Vodafone schools starting today. Networked connectivity: just visit www.vodafone.co.uk/schoolsconnected and fill out an online form.

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