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Adult learners in Highlands to benefit from funding for new devices in bid to bridge the digital divide

By Gregor White

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A scheme aimed at getting digitally excluded people online is set to benefit adult learners in the Highlands.

The move comes after the adult learning team at High Life Highland (HLH) was successful with a funding application to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations in phase two of an initiative called Connecting Scotland.

It will provide access to devices – mainly iPads and Chromebooks – for people who otherwise would be disadvantaged.

The application secured funding for 20 devices and will mean that the adult learning team can continue its digital approach to supporting learners, helping them take advantage of technology.

HLH adult learning manager Mike Jones said he was delighted to have been successful in securing devices through the fund.

β€œThe pace at which we have all had to move into digital transactions of many kinds during the pandemic has meant some of our learners who were in the early stages of digital learning before lockdown have been further disadvantaged by their lack of access to devices and learning new skills during the restrictions," Mr Jones said.

"These devices could not have come at a better time as we return to some restricted face-to-face learning and support these learners with the new devices and skills to use them.”

HLH provides culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing services across the region.

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