Learning lifeline for London kids struggling to do online lessons

In a community centre in a London suburb -- surrounded by old computers and tangled leads -- volunteers take their screwdrivers to the piles of donated equipment. Their aim? To throw a learning lifeline to the many kids unable to access online lessons during the UK's latest coronavirus lockdown.

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DAMIAN GRIFFITHS: I was surprised how many don't have any laptops at home because it seems like there's a new generation that rely on mobile phones. And they have internet at home, but they don't have a laptop. So they don't have something appropriate for doing schoolwork or homework, and now with online learning, the online schooling, every child needs a laptop. So it's really a demand that's, to us, from Lewisham is way in excess of what we can deliver.


STACEY MCINTOSH: We've got loads of families that have nothing or were just using phones, don't even have a phone. And obviously, from a safeguarding point of view, we need to see the children as well.

- Yeah. [INAUDIBLE].


- You're wasting [? it on me. ?]


- Good.


- Thanks. Thank you.