Underprivileged Children to Receive Royal Mail PCs

3,000 used computers are to be donated by the Royal Mail to the IT charity Computer Aid International

The PCs are to help disadvantaged children in remote areas of Chile by allowing them to learn vital IT skills.

This will include learning how to browse the web, use word-processing programmes, and search for information online. It is hoped IT training will help these disadvantaged youngsters to get jobs in the future.

Computer Aid has estimated that every PC will give 60 children the chance to train up to a vocational level of IT literacy.

The machines will be refurbished by the charity and it is hoped that this shall extend their life by another three to four years.

The chief executive of Computer Aid, Tony Roberts stated: "By donating its PCs to Computer Aid, Royal Mail Group is playing a vital role in enabling disadvantaged and developing communities to improve their education and employment prospects.

"Providing these children in Chile with the ability to interact with modern information technologies offers them a genuine opportunity to break the circle of poverty within their communities. We urge other organisations to follow Royal Mail Group's lead; donating equipment for re-use is free, easy and offers organisations guarantees with compliance in e-waste legislation."

In total, Computer Aid International has sent over 160,000 PCs to schools, hospitals and community projects in more than 100 countries including Rwanda, Chile and Zambia.

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