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Computer recycling to help the poor
Keywords Computers, Recycling
The Government has announced plans to recycle up to 100,000 computers and provide them for low-income families in inner-city areas. Whitehall will allocate £15 million over the next three years to subsidise the costs of reconditioning the computers. The aim is to improve learning opportunities and employment prospects for people with only limited access to information and communication technologies. A series of pilot projects around the country will bring together computer recyclers, information and computer technology (ICT) suppliers and community and learning organizations.
The Government is also funding 800 learning centres in England and 200 in the rest of the UK, largely to give adults in disadvantaged communities access to computers and the Internet. Pioneer projects include:
a mobile learning centre will tour the West Midlands with a funfair, visiting some of the most deprived communities in England;
a learning centre will be set up at Mansfield Unemployed Workers' Centre, targeting the unemployed in the East Midlands;
the Greater Manchester Bangladesh Association and Community Centre will expand its current ICT provision to supply Internet access and training to small firms;
the Norfolk Family Learning Programme will offer courses and workshops in schools, playgroups, village halls, community centres and companies throughout the county;
Sheffield Citinet will have three University for Industry fast-track learning centres in different parts of the city.
The learning centres are to receive £450 million.