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FirstPort links with Edinburgh-based Turing Trust to equip Malawian school

FirstPort has teamed up with The Turing Trust to give students in Malawi access to 1,300 laptops.

The Turing Trust was formed by the family of Alan Turing, the legendary mathematician and computer scientist, best known for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes during the Second World War. 

Today, the charity honours his contribution to the early years of computing, by providing quality IT resources and training to schools in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in the United Kingdom. This is largely achieved by refurbishing computers donated by businesses and other organisations.

FirstPort has donated 1,300 laptops, which will now be reconditioned for use by over 19,000 students. The recycling of this equipment will also benefit the environment, offsetting approximately 297 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Vikaas Younis, Head of IT Operations at FirstPort, commented:

“We chose the Turing Trust as the recipient of our computer donation because of their incredible work to bridge the digital divide in Africa. We were inspired by their mission to provide education and training opportunities to underprivileged communities.

These partnerships ensure that the computers we donate will be put to good use and make a real difference in people’s lives.

“We were also impressed by their focus on sustainability, which ensures that the technology we provide will be functional for as long as possible. We are truly excited to be a part of the positive change that the Turing Trust is creating and we believe that our donation will have a meaningful impact on the communities they serve.”

James Turing, founder of The Turing Trust said:

“It’s fantastic to have FirstPort continuing to support us again this year. Thanks to their latest donation 19,000 students will be able to learn vital IT skills. Beyond this the environmental impact from their donation will offset 297 tonnes of CO2 emissions too. We can only have the impact, transforming digital education, thanks to the support of companies like Firstport who are taking a proactive approach to supporting charities like us. So I would like to thank every member of the FirstPort team for their fantastic support that is helping us to make some fantastic changes in our world!”