Underprivileged primary school children have been given access to mobile broadband services through a new charity initiative, it has been reported.
Pupils at the Alderman Bolton Community Primary School in Warrington, Cheshire, have been equipped with dongles for home use, after the e-Learning Foundation teamed up with mobile broadband provider T-Mobile to support the project.
Ten families of Year Four students have been granted T-Mobile dongles as part of a pilot scheme, with the school and the charity covering the bulk of the monthly costs.
According to PublicTechnology.net, all the children benefiting from the project hail form low-income backgrounds and qualify for free school meals.
Lyndsey Glass, the school's Headteacher, said it is important that all students are able to benefit from internet access.
She commented: "Home access is very important there is so much emphasis now on virtual learning environments. Those that can't get online at home are very, very restricted."
Valerie Thompson, Chief Executive at the e-Learning Foundation, commented that up to 20 per cent of families still do not have a home internet connection.
Earlier this week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ranked the UK as 17th out of 30 developed world countries in terms of broadband coverage.