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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Gift from Millom School makes difference to Ghana children’s lives

Millom School decided to do something different with its old technology – sending it somewhere it could make a difference.

The school sent a collection of old laptops to Ghana, where they could be used to introduce disadvantaged children to new technology.

Technicians at the school restored the laptops and sent them off last year. There was a long wait ahead, but they were delighted when they received pictures of children in Ghana holding the computers.

The idea came from ex-member of staff Bupe Tyson, who asked the technicians if they would be able to restore some of the school’s redundant laptops. The laptops, which would have been scrapped, were instead returned to working order.

It was after months of waiting that the technicians heard their laptops had been received by the children in Ghana.

They got pictures sent to them around the time of Christmas, 2013, of schoolchildren from Ghana holding the laptops, and a message of thanks.

Technician John Rigg said: “It’s great. This is stuff that would have just gone straight to landfill, but now they’re serving a useful purpose.

“It felt really good because we didn’t know what was happening, or who was getting them.

“They’re now being used, and that’s the most important thing.”

ICT network technician Paul Phillips was equally delighted to see the pictures of the laptops somewhere they could make a difference.

He said: “When we saw the pictures we thought it was absolutely brilliant to see the students over there with this equipment.

“We didn’t know how far they’d gone, we just got them ready and tried to be hopeful, so it was a very nice surprise.

“It’s good that we made a difference, and got these laptops running for so much longer.”

Millom School tries to reuse all it can, avoiding waste, and putting equipment that is no longer needed to good use.

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