In the UK, the coronavirus crisis has exposed the digital divide in the country. Limited Internet access reduces some students and families with disabilities.
Majid, 18 years old, is studying biochemical engineering in the United Kingdom. Imprisonment due to coronavirus is a major challenge for it as lessons are given online. With just one computer for him and his two siblings, he cannot take all the lessons. A condition that affects his studies.
“It’s embarrassing because professors keep emailing me stating that I’m getting late for my job, but I never was when I was in college.“He laughs.”
An initiative has been launched in Birmingham to equip underprivileged students and families. Hafsha Sheikh, the manager of the company SmartLyte, collaborated with an elementary school to provide digital tools in this community, where in this community “We have a very low level of literacy“She insists.
“Some of these communities are immersed in poverty, some parents do not have very good knowledge of English. We immediately noted the impact of this situation, not only on children and their learning, but also on parents.“She indicates.
It is estimated that 1.9 million households do not have internet access and 11.9 million do not have the skills that the government deems necessary to be able to connect on the web.
While the date for the reopening of schools remains uncertain, the use of the web has become a major issue for British families and pupils. The government says it has distributed 1.3 million devices, but many disadvantaged students are still waiting for their devices.