More than 100 youngsters in Workington still do not have access to computers so they can be home schooled, a recent survey has found.
So the town council has kickstarted a fund to make sure no child is left behind and is asking local businesses to help.
Workington Town Council has created the technology fund for primary schools with a donation of £10,000 and are calling on local firms to help them raise another £11,000.
A survey found that 130 pupils from local primary schools still do not have regular or reliable access to a laptop or tablet computer.
Access to this technology is essential for their educational needs, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.
The donation of £10,000 will help to purchase new tablet computers.
However, to purchase a tablet computer for every child in need, the council will need to raise a further £11,000.
Workington mayor Janet King said: “Access to technology has become an essential part of education.
“We are delighted to offer £10,000 to help ensure the children of Workington have the best possible start in life.
“However, we still need to raise more money and are looking for partners who can contribute to the fund.
“Every contribution, no matter how small, will be valued and greatly appreciated.”
For more information about the project or to make a donation, contact Workington Town Council via email at [email protected] by phone on 01900 702986 or via the Facebook page @workingtontowncouncil.