Lloyd’s helps address the ‘digital divide’ with charity donation

Lloyd’s helps address the ‘digital divide’ with charity donation

Lloyd’s Charities Trust has donated £50,000 to the e-Learning Foundation, to provide children from low income families with computers at home and access to their schools’ online networks for their studies.

The e-Learning Foundation is this year’s recipient of Lloyd’s Special Award 2008, a donation which goes to a charity working to address issues of interest to the Lloyd’s market.

Lord Mitchell, Chairman of the e-Learning Foundation, said:

“Increasingly, low income families are finding themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide through no fault of their own and are being disadvantaged in their future development through the lack of IT access for their studies. This generous donation from Lloyd’s Charities Trust will enable us to support further sustainable e-learning projects in schools in London, ensuring they have the technology skills required to take them forward in the 21st century.”

The Special Award donation from Lloyd’s Charities Trust will be directed towards supporting e-learning projects in schools in East London where Lloyd’s has long-standing links through Lloyd’s Community Programme.

The project will provide children in each selected school with laptop computers to use at school and home, enabling over 500 pupils across the project schools to have the e-learning tools they require for their education.

Graham White, Chairman of Lloyd’s Charities Trust, said:

“I am delighted that we are able to contribute in helping the e-Learning Foundation expand its positive work in East London. Investing in future talent – including unlocking the talent in our neighbouring communities – is something that the Lloyd’s market has a long-standing commitment to.

“Harnessing the potential of technology is important to every part of society and we hope that our Special Award will particularly help young people who might otherwise have found themselves excluded from the future opportunities that technology skills can open up.”

The project will be rolled out to local schools in 2009, which will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Lloyd’s support for East London through Lloyd’s Community Programme.

Lloyd’s also recently took part in a programme run by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services in Tower Hamlets College and the Chartered Insurance Institute, which saw local graduates come to Lloyd’s Claims team and several Managing Agents for six-week placements.

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