How Covid-19 Made the Digital Divide Worse
Covid-19 has been a global emergency since March 2020, and amidst all of the loss that has happened around the world throughout 2020 and into 2021, there are other ramifications that have come from this pandemic. In early 2020, when the world was unsure of what Covid-19 was, and how dangerous it would become, decisions were made around the world that schools would need to be shut down. For many children, that didn't impact their lives, because they had access to the tools they needed to learn online. Distance learning became the norm, with Video Conferencing and computers as teachers.
However there are many children who did not have this luxury. In Canada alone, the poverty rate sits at around 13% of the total population. That is over 4 Million Canadians (many of which are children) who sit below the poverty line. Without the adequate resources, many of these children do not have things that we take for granted, such as wifi, computers, or mobile phones. This will most certainly leave these children behind, falling behind in distance learning without the proper resources.
Although vaccines are now underway, the reality is that distance education, and remote learning is likely here to stay. Where does that leave children with out access to these technological tools? Behind. It will leave them behind. Living Heart is on a mission to collect and distribute refurbished computers, and mobile phones to families and children who need them to ensure that they are able to have the same chance as other children when it comes to their education. If you have old equipment you'd like to donate, please do so! Your donations, either monetary or in kind are always appreciated.