Coventry company using old PCs to improve education access in developing countries


Business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire are calling for more local organisations to help improve education access in developing countries and also play their part in helping the environment.


SawiTECH, which helps organisations and businesses improve their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability by collecting old IT assets and securely wiping data, has joined Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce in a regional request for discarded computer equipment to improve online learning resources across rural primary schools in Zimbabwe.


SawiTECH has safely recycled and repurposed a collection of the Chamber’s old IT assets in recent months, including PC towers, laptops and mobile phones.


Peaceful Chimbwanda, asset recovery manager at SawiTECH, said: “We work with a range of schools and colleges and are looking at ways we can help more local businesses make a real difference to the planet by cutting down on synthetic waste and using their position of privilege to give back to those who might be without computer access.


“The more equipment we receive, the better chance we have of reaching more locations across the likes of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.”


Keely Hancox, operations manager at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Not only is it a great service from a practical perspective, but the work that SawiTECH does to ensure that new end users can be found for old equipment, as well as its links to education providers in developing countries, means that it is offering something crucial at a time when sustainability should be on everyone’s mind.


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