University donates old computers to schools in Chile

15 Aug 2008 16:16:00.000

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The University of Nottingham is helping disadvantaged children in South America by donating hundreds of its old computers to schools in rural parts of Chile.


The donation of 500 of its retired PCs has been made possible by Computer Aid International, the world’s leading charity in supplying refurbished computers to developing countries. The shipment marks a long-term commitment by the University to recycle its PCs and make sure that as little computer hardware as possible ends up in landfill. Electrical and electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Around 1.8 million tonnes are generated every year.


This big donation is part of the University’s commitment to extend the life of its IT stock by as much as four years and help compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive. The EU directive was implemented just over a year ago and aims to minimise environmental pollution from IT hardware. It applies to producers, distributers and users of IT equipment and encourages its reuse, recovery, recycling and sound environmental disposal.

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Computer Aid International is a government-approved specialist charity which is licensed by the Environment Agency to handle e-waste. The University was assured that its IT disposal would meet all legal requirements. The hard drives of the 500 PC base units were wiped by the University’s IT Operations Team and then donated to the charity which refurbished and distributed them to around 500 schools and education projects in the extreme north of Chile.


Phil Andrews, of the IT Operations Team at The University of Nottingham, said: “As a prestigious education establishment in a wealthy country, it’s great to know that our old equipment is being used to boost education in other parts of the world. We can also communicate our corporate social responsibility efforts to staff and students to ensure they know how the University is helping disadvantaged students. Donating our equipment was a very easy and straightforward process thanks to Computer Aid International and we are committed to working with them in the long-term to help further projects across the developing world.”


Louise Richards, CEO of Computer Aid International, said: “While the Republic of Chile is one of Latin America’s most stable and prosperous nations, the country suffers from an uneven distribution of wealth. Government-run schemes to increase access to ICT in education have made good headway, but children in extreme geographical regions in Chile face a gaping digital divide.”


“Maintaining provision of good quality ICT equipment to schools is essential to ensure children grow up computer literate to improve their employability and future quality of life. The University of Nottingham has recognised the positive impact that their donations can make to the education of these disadvantaged children, giving them computer skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. We urge other universities and businesses to follow suit. “


Call to action:

If you want to find out more about donating equipment to Computer Aid International, please contact them direct on 020 8361 5540 or enquiries@computeraid.org, or visit their website: www.computeraid.org .


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Notes to Editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.


It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.


Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy).


Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.


About Computer Aid International

Computer Aid International is a registered charity (no 1069256) and the world’s largest and most experienced not-for-profit supplier of professionally refurbished computers to developing countries.


Since it was founded in 1998, Computer Aid has provided over 100,000 PCs to organisations in more than 100 developing countries. Based in London, Computer Aid International fully tests, professionally refurbishes, upgrades, packs and ships Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 computers donated by UK companies for re-use in schools and not-for-profit organisations overseas.


Computer Aid International is committed to providing the highest level decommissioning service to its UK computer donors and to delivering the highest quality refurbished computers to recipient organisations overseas. PC donors in the UK include British Airways, Ford, Virgin, Investec, the National Audit Office, Royal Mint, Packard Bell and Christian Aid. PC distribution in developing countries is achieved through strategic partnerships with partners such as SchoolNet Africa, British Council, UN-Habitat, and the national Computers for Schools programmes of Chile, Kenya, Zambia and other countries.

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More information is available from Phil Andrews, IT Operations on +44 (0)115 951 3339; Kate Solomon or Louise Andrews, Wildfire PR +44 (0)20 8339 4420 computeraid@wildfirepr.co.uk

Emma Rayner - Media Relations Manager

Email: emma.rayner@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 951 5793 Location: University Park

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