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Harper Macleod helps Turing Trust provide digital learning in African schools

Harper Macleod is helping to bring digital education opportunities to African schoolchildren by supporting the work of the Turing Trust.

The firm has donated IT equipment to the charity, set up by relatives of the famous mathematician Alan Turing, which reuses computers and other IT equipment. The firm donated 29 PCs which will directly support 522 students to learn IT skills whilst also offsetting 14 tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting 36 trees.

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The Turing Trust supports education in sub-Saharan Africa by reusing computers and improving teacher training using ICT. The Trust has reused over 4,200 PCs enabling more than 41,000 students to gain a digital education.

The charity won both the Young EDGE and first ever Social EDGE award at Scottish EDGE during 2018, a competition supported by Harper Macleod, and in the process made contact with one of the firm's Partners, Jo Nisbet. After finding out all about the Turing Trust's work, Harper Macleod was delighted to become a donor and will look to contribute more equipment in the future.

Jo Nisbet said: "The Turing Trust is a fantastic organisation and after hearing the team speak so enthusiastically about their work at Young EDGE, I was delighted that we were able to make our own contribution to their ongoing efforts. There are so many benefits of reusing equipment in this way, not least the opportunities it provides to young people who might not otherwise have access to digital skills."

Alan Turing was renowned for his work breaking the Enigma codes in WW2 and is recognised as a founder of computer science, helping to develop the earliest computers.

James Turing, great-nephew of Alan and a founder of the Turing Trust, said: "Harper Macleod's recent donation of computers will have a fantastic impact directly supporting 522 students to learn IT skills whilst also offsetting 14 tonnes of CO2 emissions. We're delighted to be supported by such wonderful companies that are so dedicated to working for good, helping us to promote education and protect the environment by reusing their old IT equipment. Thank you Harper Macleod."

You can find out more about the Turing Trust, including how to donate IT equipment to it, at www.turingtrust.co.uk