O2 is providing 40GB free data a month to support home schooling families struggling to connect during lockdown. In partnership with the Department for Education, O2’s free data offer will enable disadvantaged pupils in years three to 11 to Get Help with Tech, and continue their learning from home as the national lockdown comes into force today (6 January).
Mark Evans, O2 CEO, said: “Tighter lockdown restrictions risk leaving the most vulnerable disconnected once again, so I am proud that O2 is supporting children of home schooling families through the DfE’s Get Help with Technology scheme.
“Connecting the most vulnerable, and digitally disconnected, is something we’ve long championed at O2. As well as being part of this scheme, our own Community Calling initiative is already landing in homes across the country – with donated devices and data connections allowing children to learn – and adults to get online – from home.”
Anyone wanting to donate a device for O2’s Community Calling scheme in partnership with Hubbub can still help. If you have a device at home that you don’t need, it could be used to help someone access online lessons, do their food shop or just prevent loneliness and isolation.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic O2 has been fully engaged in helping in the fight against Covid-19. We’ve zero rated more sites than any other operator – over 30, including financial support, mental health support, crime and domestic violence support, educational site Hungry Little Minds for pre-school aged children, and free school meal voucher sites for families who would normally receive school meals.
Notes to Editors
- Check eligibility for free data via the Department for Education’s Help with Tech scheme here: https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/about-increasing-mobile-data
- More on O2 and Hubbub’s Community Calling initiative here: https://news.o2.co.uk/press-release/o2-launches-national-plan-to-keep-the-most-vulnerable-connected-in-time-for-christmas/
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Source: O2 Blog