Thirteen's old PCs travel to Malawi to support African schoolchildren

Thirteen is helping to give schoolchildren in Africa educational opportunities by supporting the work of The Turing Trust.

Turing Trust Resized

5 Feb 2019

The housing company has donated 54 old PCs to the charity, which will be shipped to the African continent, enabling an additional 1,154 Malawian students to learn vital IT skills. All the data on the equipment is destroyed to The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) standards.

In addition to helping the youngsters, the charity monitors the environmental impact of donating the computers rather than them ending up in landfill as is often the case.

Thirteen’s donation offset 31 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 78 trees, or offsetting the annual carbon footprint of three people in the UK.

Thirteen will continue to work with the charity to enable its old PC’s, laptops, peripherals and phones to be reused and put to good use.

The charity has so far reused more than 4,200 PCs enabling more than 41,000 students to gain a digital education.

Hassan Bahrani, Thirteen’s Networks, Infrastructure and Mobile Service Implementation Manager, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with The Turing Trust.

“We have disposed of our decommissioned IT equipment over the years to companies which provide us with a data destruction certificate, but we don’t really know what happens to the hardware.

“I was introduced to The Turing Trust and they carried out an audit of the equipment we wished to dispose of, and we were delighted that 54 PCs were suitable for reusing.

“There are lots of good reasons to recycling equipment in this way; the opportunities it provides to young people who might not otherwise have access to digital skills and the positive green benefits it has.”