Digitally excluded adult learners set for boost as Council secures more than 200 laptops
Efforts to tackle the digital divide in Hackney have been boosted after 220 laptops were secured for adult learners this week.
The Council’s funding bid of £113,000 from the Greater London Authority (GLA) was approved at Cabinet on Wednesday, March 17, meaning hundreds of residents who have been digitally excluded from adult learning courses will soon be able to take part.
The online approach to adult learning has been crucial as course leaders have adapted to the coronavirus pandemic, but the transition to virtual tutoring has exposed to the Council more explicitly the digital divide that exists in Hackney.
Our Adult Learning Service has been working with residents to enhance basic ICT skills, so that more people living in the borough can be digitally confident, which in turn gives them the tools to enrol onto virtual courses.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources