Schools in disadvantaged areas receive "One byte of help" from Atelierees sans Frontieres and ECOTIC

de | aug. 11, 2021 | News

Reconditioned IT equipment donation campaign

13 educational structures from 10 counties of the country benefited from 100 refurbished IT equipment as part of the donation campaign "We give a Help Byte ” organized by Ateliere senza Frontiere in partnership with the ECOTIC Association. The campaign is part of the platform educlick a Borderless Workshops, through which the collected IT equipment is prepared for reuse by people from disadvantaged backgrounds and then donated to schools or educational institutions that do not benefit from these facilities.

Thus, the donation of computers has an impact in three different areas: education, support for reuse and socio-professional integration for people who have difficulty finding employment on the free market.

The need for IT equipment and Internet connectivity are two aspects increasingly visible at the level of the Romanian school. Unfortunately, schools in disadvantaged areas are most often deprived of these facilities, which affects the quality of the educational process and the further development of students.

"The school must prepare students for the future, and the future means technology. I do not see technology as a goal in education, but I see it as an extremely valuable and offering means, which can bring the whole world into the classroom. The use of technology for educational purposes is a reality in most developed countries, and our country is taking important steps in this regard. Unfortunately, these steps are "weaker" for rural schools.

For our school, the hand extended by ECOTIC and the Ateliere Fără Frontiere Association means a step towards an education “in” and “for” the times we live in. This equipment covers a gap. They add great value to classroom lessons and support disadvantaged students in the situation of distance learning.

For children who will benefit from these devices it is a big step forward. It means broadening the horizon, and a wider horizon brings higher dreams and the motivation to fight for their fulfillment. ” Mrs. told us. teacher Laura Mitrofan, Gymnasium School Nr. 3 Sita Buzăului.

ECOTIC is the only organization in the field that supports through the partnership with Ateliere sans frontiere the reuse of IT equipment to be subsequently donated to schools, placement centers or NGOs that have not benefited from IT facilities. Also, ECOTIC contributed together with ASRO and CERC to the transposition into Romanian of the requirements regarding the preparation for reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

To continue these donation campaigns we invite companies wishing to hand over old but functional IT equipment by filling out the form available on  www.ecotic.ro