Lockdown hasn’t been easy for anyone. With so many schools, offices, and non-essential businesses closed, it’s easier than ever to feel disconnected from the world around us. EE understand the importance of staying connected. That’s why they’ve launched Lockdown Learning, a new free support scheme for children who need some help accessing the virtual classroom.
The aim of the Lockdown Learning scheme is simple: to help children who need support stay connected to their teachers, their classmates, and their schoolwork while schools are closed. To do this, EE is providing free mobile data, BT WiFi vouchers, and educational resources to pupils who are learning from home but struggling to get connected.
The need to be connected to the outside world has never seemed more pressing. In a report they published last year, communications regulator Ofcom estimated that around 880,000 family homes are still without access to a decent broadband connection. Technology like broadband has proved to be a vital support for so many people through the pandemic. With their Lockdown Learning scheme, EE strives to make that support accessible to more people by helping them stay connected.
Working with the Department of Education, EE is trying to combat this figure by offering pupils or their parents and carers unlimited mobile data to support their learning until the end of this academic year (July 2021). EE is also offering pupils BT WiFi vouchers from schools and charity partners to help them stay connected with their curriculum.
As well as offering free ways to get connected, EE is working to zero-rate access to educational resources, so that pupils and parents can access thousands of lessons even if they’ve run out of data. The network is providing customers with free access to BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy educational content until schools reopen and students are back in classrooms.
To announce their Lockdown Learning scheme EE have shared ‘A Message For Teachers’. The video features actor and frequent EE advert star Kevin Bacon discussing “just how crucial education is” in honour of his mother, a teacher, whose photograph sits by his side. “Let’s give every kid an equal chance,” he implores at the video’s conclusion. With Lockdown Learning, that’s exactly what EE are striving to make sure everyone has access to.