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Covid-19 showed us that thousands of students don't have access to online learning. Help us to bridge the digital divide by providing laptops to vulnerable communities.

Trinity Access Tech continues to bridge the digital divide for students.

Tech2Students was developed in March 2020 by Trinity Access and Kinia (formerly Camara Ireland) in response to the digital divide experienced by students in need. The project was a huge success and brought together companies and individuals nationwide to deliver over 3,500 devices to students. To read about Tech2Students and the result it had please read our Impact Report.
It has allowed us to provide high quality teaching and reach out to the disadvantaged pupils who are in our care. It allowed them to participate and feel part of the community
St Davids CBS , T2S recipient

Our Tech2Students refurbishment hub in Dublin has now closed, but our work is not done. Covid-19 showed that the digital divide is real and remains a huge problem for second-level students with between 50-70% of students in DEIS schools experiencing a lack of access to broadband or a suitable learning device.Our partner schools need your support.

100% of funding donated is used to buy and refurbish devices. If you wish to donate and help us continue to support our partner schools, please select the "Trinity Access Tech-TAP Appeal" on our donation page below.

For any queries please contact us at TrinityAccessTech@ta21.ie

Facts:

  • Progression rates to further and higher education for students in DEIS schools are traditionally significantly lower than non-DEIS. For example, students from the most affluent parts of Dublin are up to 14 times more likely to progress to university than their counterparts from some schools in the city's most disadvantaged areas.
  • School closures during Covid19 appear to have particularly affected learning, wellbeing, motivation and engagement of Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate students, with more severe impacts being reported among DEIS schools.
  • Teachers reported frustration at not being able to protect vulnerable students as they normally would in a classroom setting.
  • Risks of learning regression among students from low progression areas remains a serious concern.
  • Teachers who reported a lack of a dedicated IT infrastructure were more likely to report a low engagement among their students.
  • A lot of teachers did however report benefits from switching to online learning saying it was preparing students for further education and employment opportunities.
  • Recipients have stated that teaching and learning has become more engaging and diverse and access to a device has  allowed students to become more independent in their learning.

FAQ

How recent does the device need to be?

We are looking for fully-functioning devices with up to date hardware and software. For this reason we are accepting devices which were manufactured from 2016 onwards. You can see the specification of devices we can refurbish here.

The laptop I wish to donate isn't working / can't connect to the internet / is missing it's charger: Can I still donate it?

Sorry, but the device should be functioning as we do not have the capacity to do any hardware repairs.

What about private information on the laptop?

As we are no longer operating our Dublin refurbishment hub, ideally we need to receive devices that are wiped, reformatted and ready for students.

Will the device be returned when the students have finished using it?

No. Laptops will not be returned but will remain in the possession of schools and can be used by many more students in the years to come.

I don't have spare devices but I'd like to donate money, is that possible?

Yes! Please click here to donate and select the "Trinity Access Tech-TAP Appeal". All donations, large and small, are welcome and 100% of your donation will go towards purchasing or repurposing laptops for students.

I don't have devices but I do have a monitor / keyboard / mouse / phone/ headphones etc I would like to donate, can I?

Currently we are only accepting portable device donations.

A Special Thanks

A special thank you to those who have donated laptops, given financial support and raised awareness to help us bridge the digital divide. By donating you make a difference to each student’s life and future. Thank You.