As the global coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the world, Turkey like many countries has to adapt to remote learning to avoid depriving children of quality education. Yet, 60% of the students in Turkey with disadvantaged backgrounds have no access to a computer at home.
Our partners, Needs Map (Ihtiyac Haritasi) and the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG)’s recent study revealed that there are 5,800 college students in immediate need of computers, in their network alone. The total number of students in need of computers throughout the country is in millions. These students are at the risk of falling behind in their formal education due to lacking the technology needed to continue their studies.
In response to this urgent need, Turkish Philanthropy Funds partnered with Needs Map (Ihtiyac Haritasi) and the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) to give computers to college students. Our initial goal is 1,000 computers.
Through our efforts, we received a discounted price of $350 per computer. We are working to bring down this price even further to have access to more computers and help more students with their education during the pandemic.
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF THE AMPLIFIED INEQUALITY IN ACCESS TO ONLINE EDUCATION.
We are hopeful that by the time school-based instruction is resumed, we will be able to close that digital gap for many students.
Together we can reach more children and make a lasting impact on the education of students in Turkey.
Thank you for your continued support!