COVID-19: Cardiff addresses digital deprivation


Cardiff Council is providing thousands of digital devices and broadband dongles via Welsh Governments Education Technology Project Fund to support children in Cardiff that have been unable to access online learning during school closures caused by COVID-19.

The Council has worked closely with schools across the city to deliver the scheme, which will see over 5000 Chromebook or i-Pad devices be repurposed from existing schools or purchased, and 2500 broadband dongles have been ordered.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "Cardiff Council has developed a range of ways to address the issue of digital deprivation so that children and young people can continue to access online learning during school closures.

"We have been gathering information to determine exactly how many pupils require digital support anda dedicatedproject team has been established to deliver the new scheme with the help of our schools.

"Importantly, as well as ensuring children and young people can continue to learn and engage with education during the health crisis, we also intend for this to be part of a long term solution to support distance learning following the lockdown."